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Compute content at re:Invent 2014

Tim Wagner Tim Wagner, AWS Lambda

AWS re:Invent 2014 Recap

The 2014 re:Invent conference was an exciting venue for us to launch new compute-related services and features, including the Amazon EC2 Container Service, which supports Docker containers and lets you easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of EC2 instances, and AWS Lambda, a new compute service that runs your code in response to events and manages all the compute resources for you. With over 13,000 attendees, 400 speakers, and more than 250 sessions, it was tough to find time to sleep! If you missed the conference or couldn’t attend some of the compute-related sessions, here’s a list of compute-related videos and slideshare links to get caught up:

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) Launch Announcement, Werner Vogels keynote

In this segment of the Day 2 keynote, Werner announces the new Amazon ECS service and describes how Docker and containers are changing how we think about the composition of distributed applications.


Breakout session: Amazon EC2 Container Service in Action, Deepak Singh APP313


Deepak and Dan provide an overview of the new Amazon ECS service and its capabilities. Container technology, particularly Docker, is all the rage these days. At AWS, our customers have been running Linux containers at scale for several years, and we are increasingly seeing customers adopt Docker, especially as they build loosely coupled distributed applications. However, to do so they have to run their own cluster management solutions, deal with configuration management, and manage their containers and associated metadata. We believe that those capabilities should be a core building block technology, just like EC2. In this presentation, Deepak and Dan announce the preview of Amazon EC2 Container Service, a new AWS service that makes is easy to run and manage Docker-enabled distributed applications using powerful APIs that allow you to launch and stop containers, get complete cluster state information, and manage linked containers. They discuss the rationale for building the EC2 Container Service, some of the core concepts, and walk you through how you can use the service for your applications.


AWS Lambda Launch Announcement, Werner Vogels keynote

In this segment of the Day 2 keynote, Werner announces the new AWS Lambda service and discusses why AWS is embracing events and event-driven compute as a way to more rapidly construct distributed applications and enhance cloud computing.


Breakout session: Getting Started with AWS Lambda, Tim Wagner MBL202


AWS Lambda is a new compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages compute resources for you. In this session, we describe what you need to get started quickly, including a review of key features, a live demonstration, how to use AWS Lambda with Amazon S3 event notifications and Amazon DynamoDB streams, and tips on getting the most out of Lambda functions.


Amazon EC2 Instances Deep Dive


Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides a broad selection of instance types to accommodate a diverse mix of workloads. In this technical session, John and Anthony provide an overview of the Amazon EC2 instance platform, key platform features, and the concept of instance generations. They dive into the current generation design choices of the different instance families, including the General Purpose, Compute Optimized, Storage Optimized, Memory Optimized, and GPU instance families. They also detail best practices and share performance tips for getting the most out of your Amazon EC2 instances.


State of the Union: Amazon Compute Services


In this spotlight talk, Peter De Santis, Vice President of Amazon Compute Services, and Matt Garman, Vice President of Amazon EC2 share a ”behind the scenes” look at the evolution of compute at AWS. You hear about the drivers behind the innovations we’ve introduced, and learn how we’ve scaled our compute services to meet dramatic usage growth.


Lots of exciting announcements, and more to come in 2015! Don’t forget to send us feedback on topics you’d like to hear more about.