Free Tier

To get you started with the AWS DeepRacer service console, we provide credits to cover the first seven hours of usage. This is enough to train your first model, evaluate it, tune it, and then enter it into the AWS DeepRacer League. At the end of the first month that you use AWS DeepRacer, your account will receive the following service credits: 65 Simulation Unit hours ($26) for AWS RoboMaker, 10 hours of training ($5.57) on an ML.C4.2XL Amazon SageMaker instance, and $1.50 to cover Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, and Amazon CloudWatch costs. The service credits will be loaded at the end of the month, will be valid for a month, and will be visible on your billing statement.

You will also benefit from the Free Tiers for other AWS services. If you have never used AWS RoboMaker, you will receive AWS RoboMaker Free Tier for the first month. Furthermore, on a monthly basis, you will also benefit from the Amazon S3, and Amazon CloudWatch Free Tier.

Please see pricing example #1 below for a breakdown of costs you can expect for a typical AWS DeepRacer simulation, after you have used the Free Tier.

AWS DeepRacer integrates with Amazon SageMaker for reinforcement learning model training, AWS RoboMaker to provide the racing simulator, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams for video streaming of virtual simulation footage, Amazon S3 for model storage, and Amazon CloudWatch for log capture. The first time that you use the AWS DeepRacer service, the required IAM roles needed to call the integrated services on your behalf, and the required Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) stack to run Amazon SageMaker and AWS RoboMaker, will be created in your account. There is no cost associated with creating and using a VPC, but each service will carry its own charge. For more details on related product pricing please click here.

Pricing example #1 (assuming you have used the Free Tier)

The examples illustrate costs assuming you have used all of the Free Tier, to provide a clear view of the costs of the service. When getting started with AWS DeepRacer, developers need to train a reinforcement learning model. The AWS DeepRacer service console will guide you through creating your first model with a series of sensible defaults, followed by training in the virtual simulator. We recommend that you train your model for at least two hours using the default settings, but training time may change depending on your parameters. During training, AWS DeepRacer will use AWS services on your behalf, including Amazon SageMaker, AWS RoboMaker, Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, and Amazon CloudWatch.

After training completes, you will use the AWS DeepRacer service console to evaluate the performance of your trained model, by allowing it to drive autonomously around the virtual track. This allows you to benchmark the performance of your model. For evaluations AWS DeepRacer will still use the same AWS services as during training, except Amazon SageMaker, as no machine learning training is needed. Evaluation typically takes 5 minutes. To simplify the example, we aggregate the costs per service across training and evaluation. The cost of these activities is listed below:

Amazon SageMaker
SageMaker Instance Hours used Cost per hour ($) Total ($)

ML.C4.2XL

2.00

$0.557

$1.11

AWS RoboMaker

Estimated Simulation Units per hour are based on the track footprint and compute requirement. They range from 6 RoboMaker Simulation Units for the re:Invent track to 9 Simulation Units for the July 2019 Virtual Circuit track The example below shows pricing based on the July 2019 track.

Estimated Simulation Units per Hour

Hours used

Cost per simulation unit per hour ($)

Total ($)

9.00

2.08

$0.40

$7.50

Amazon S3

Activity (in unit)

Estimated usage (in unit)

Cost per unit in $

Total ($)

Data Storage (GB)

1.13

$0.023

$0.03

PUT, COPY, POST LIST (requests)

2,928.00

$0.005 per 1000

$0.01

GET (requests)

1,665.53

$0.0004 per 1000

$0.00

Total

   

$0.04

Amazon Kinesis Video Streams

Activity

Estimated usage (GB)

Cost per GB ($)

Total ($)

Data Ingest

1.18

$0.00850

$0.01

HLS Stream

0.07

$0.01190

$0.00

Total

 

 

$0.01

Amazon CloudWatch Metrics

Activity (in units)

Estimated usage (in unit)

Cost per unit in $

Total ($)

Metrics (count)

0.01

$0.30

$0.00

Metric Requests (count)

644.63

$0.01 per 1000

$0.01

Data Ingest (GB)

0.01

$0.50

$0.00

Data Stored (GB)

0.01

$0.03

$0.00

Total

 

 

$0.01

In this example, the total cost is $8.98.

Pricing Example #2 (assuming you have used all of the Free Tier)

While the model you created in Example #1 is a good start, you think you can improve its driving behavior and get a better lap time as a result. You decide to iterate on your model parameters and reward function, and train for 2 hours. The evaluation looks promising but you suspect your model may need more training as it is fast, but can’t yet complete a full lap. You clone this new model and train it for another 2 hours. Your cloned model is driving much better and you decide to test your optimizations in the real-world by deploying the final model to your AWS DeepRacer car. The example below shows pricing based on the July 2019 Virtual Circuit track using 9 Simulation Units. Estimated Simulation Units per hour are based on the track footprint and compute requirement.

Training and Evaluation

Service

Estimated Cost ($)

Amazon SageMaker

$2.23

AWS RoboMaker

$15.60

Amazon S3

$0.08

Amazon Kinesis Video Streams

$0.02

Amazon CloudWatch

$0.03

Total

$17.96

Model deployment

Activity

Estimated data (GB)

Cost per GB ($)

Total ($)

Amazon S3 - Retrieve

0.025

$0.09

$0.002

In this example, the total cost is $17.96.

Pricing Example #3 (assuming you have used all of the Free Tier)

You decide to leave your models from examples #1 and #2 on Amazon S3 and logs in Amazon CloudWatch. The following table shows the cost for a month of storage.

Service

Estimated Data Stored (GB)

 Cost per GB per month

Total

Amazon S3

3.40

$0.023

$0.08

Amazon CloudWatch

0.02

$0.030

$0.00

Total

 

 

$0.08

The total storage cost for a month is $0.08.

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