Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides customers the most options for compute so they can tailor the infrastructure to their business needs, and AMD is integral to these offerings. AMD-powered EC2 instances give customers the ability to run general purpose, memory intensive, burstable, compute intensive, and graphics intensive workloads, all at a significant price advantage relative to comparable offerings.
AWS and AMD have collaborated to give customers more choice and value in cloud computing, starting with the first generation AMD EPYC processors in 2018, expanding to the second generation AMD EPYC processors in 2020, and most recently combining the power of both second generation AMD EPYC processors and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs with the Amazon EC2 G4ad instances. Customers can use EC2 instances powered by AMD and enjoy scalable performance for a broad variety of workloads such as databases, mission critical enterprise applications, web scale in-memory databases and caches, big data analytics, batch processing, gaming, log analysis, remote workstations, transcoding, and rendering.
These workloads benefit from a balance of compute, memory, and networking resources similar to what general purpose EC2 M5a and M5ad instances offer. Examples include business critical applications, web and application servers, back-end servers for enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, and app development environments.
Fast performance for workloads that process large data sets in memory. Examples include high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, real time big data analytics, and other enterprise applications.
Customers looking to use remote workstations in the cloud for running graphics applications can use G4ad instances to get the flexibility to provision resources on a per project basis rather than being limited by on-premises capacity.
Compute intensive applications benefit from high-performance processors and are bound by the amount of compute power that can be delivered. Examples include high-performance web servers, high-performance computing, batch processing, ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, video encoding, scientific modeling, distributed analytics and machine/deep learning inference.
Spiky workload applications have variable CPU usage that experience occasional spikes in demand that need to burst seamlessly to meet temporary traffic peaks and then scale back down to operate at typical traffic levels. Examples include microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development environments, code repositories, and business critical applications.
Customer Success Stories
Amazon EC2 instances powered by AMD processors give Dropbox significant savings for their cloud workloads.
Amazon EC2 C5a
C5a and C5ad instances offer leading x86 price/performance for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads and feature 2nd generation 3.3GHz AMD EPYC 7002 series processors built on a 7nm process node for increased efficiency. C5a and C5ad instances provide up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth and 9.5 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to Amazon EBS. With C5ad instances, local NVMe-based SSDs are physically connected to the host server and provide block-level storage that is coupled to the lifetime of the instance.
Amazon EC2 M5a
M5a and M5ad instances feature AMD EPYC 7000 series processors with an all core turbo clock speed of 2.5 GHz. The AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers that do not fully utilize the compute resources and can benefit from a cost savings of 10 percent. With M5ad instances, local NVMe-based SSDs are physically connected to the host server and provide block-level storage that is coupled to the lifetime of the instance.
Amazon EC2 G4ad
G4ad instances, powered by AMD Radeon Pro V520 GPUs, provide the best price performance for graphics intensive applications in the cloud. These instances offer up to 45 percent better price performance compared to G4dn instances, which were already the lowest cost instances in the cloud, for graphics applications. They provide up to 4 AMD Radeon Pro V520 GPUs, 64 vCPUs, 25 Gbps networking, and 2.4 TB local NVMe-based SSD storage.
Amazon EC2 R5a
R5 instances with AMD EPYC processors reduce the price per GB of memory for running high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, and real time big data analytics.
Amazon EC2 T3a
The T3a instances feature AMD EPYC 7000 series processors with an all core turbo clock speed of 2.5 GHz. The AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers that do not fully utilize the compute resources and can benefit from a cost savings of 10 percent.