Free Tier

As part of the AWS Free Tier, you can get started with AWS DeepRacer for free. For the first month after sign-up, you are offered a monthly free tier of 10 hours of Amazon SageMaker training, and 60 simulation units for Amazon RoboMaker (enough to cover 10 hours of training). 

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.

Pricing example #1 (when outside the Free Tier)

When getting started with AWS DeepRacer, developers need to train a reinforcement learning model. The AWS DeepRacer console will guide you through creating your first model with a series of sensible defaults, followed by training in the virtual simulator, which should take about an hour. During training, AWS DeepRacer will use services on your behalf, including Amazon SageMaker, AWS RoboMaker, and others. For example, AWS RoboMaker creates the simulation environment used during training.
After training completes, you will use the AWS DeepRacer 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. Here, AWS DeepRacer will again use services on your behalf, including AWS RoboMaker, Amazon S3, and Amazon Kinesis Video Streams. The price of these activities is below:

Amazon SageMaker
Service Training Instance Consumed hours Cost per hour Total ($)
Amazon SageMaker - Training ML.C5.XL 1 $0.24 $0.24
AWS RoboMaker
Service Estimated Simulation Units per Hour Consumed hours Cost per simulation unit per hour ($) Total ($)
AWS RoboMaker - Training 6 1 $0.40 $2.40
AWS RoboMaker - Evaluation 6 0.17 $0.40 $0.40
Total       $2.80
Amazon S3
Service Estimated data (GB) Cost per GB ($) Total ($)
Amazon S3 - Training - Ingest 0.6 $0.00 $0.00
Amazon S3 - Evaluation - Retrieve 0.15 $0.00 $0.00
Total 0.75   $0.00
Amazon Kinesis Video Streams
Service Estimated Data per hour (GB) Hours Total Data (GB) Cost per GB ($) Total ($)
KVS - Training - Store 0.3 1 0.3 $0.0085 $0.00
KVS - Training - HLS stream 0.3 1 0.3 $0.0119 $0.00
KVS - Evaluation - Store 0.3 0.17 0.05 $0.0085 $0.00
KVS - Evaluation - HLS stream 0.3 0.17 0.05 $0.0119 $0.00
Total     0.7   $0.01
Amazon CloudWatch Metrics
Service Estimated metric requests per hour Hours Total metric requests Cost per 1000 metric requests ($) Total ($)
Amazon CloudWatch - Training - Requests 60 1 60 $0.01 $0.00

In this example, the total cost is $3.04. 

Pricing Example #2 (when outside 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 go through 3 iterations of editing your model's parameters, training it, and then evaluating it in the virtual simulator. Your model is now driving much better and the lap time has improved significantly. Finally, you decide to test your optimizations in the real-world by deploying the final model to your AWS DeepRacer car.

Training costs
Service Number of 1 hour jobs Estimated cost per 1 hour training ($) Total
Amazon SageMaker 3 $0.24 $0.71
AWS RoboMaker 3 $2.40 $7.20
Amazon Kinesis Video Streams 3 $0.01 $0.02
Amazon CloudWatch 3 $0.001 $0.002
Total     $7.93
Evaluation
Service Number of 10 minute jobs Estimated cost per 10 min evaluation ($) Total
AWS RoboMaker 3 $0.40 $1.20
Amazon Kinesis Video Streams 3 $0.001 $0.00
Total     $1.20
Model deployment
Service Estimated data (GB) Cost per GB ($) Total ($)
Amazon S3 - Retrieve 0.15 $0.09 $0.01

In this example, the total cost is $9.14.

Pricing Example #3 (when outside the Free Tier)

You decide to leave your models and video data from examples #1 and #2 on Amazon S3 and Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, as you would like to have access from time-to-time to show colleagues and friends. The following table shows the cost for a month of storage. 

Service Estimated Data Stored (GB)  Cost per GB per month Total
Amazon S3 - Model Data 2.4 $0.02 $0.06
Amazon Kinesis Video Streams 2.8 $0.02 $0.06
Total 5.2   $0.12

The total storage cost for a month is $0.12.

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