High Performance Computing

Virtually unlimited infrastructure and fast networking for scalable HPC

AWS provides the most elastic and scalable cloud infrastructure to run your HPC applications. With virtually unlimited capacity, engineers, researchers, and HPC system owners can innovate beyond the limitations of on-premises HPC infrastructure. AWS delivers an integrated suite of services that provides everything needed to quickly and easily build and manage HPC clusters in the cloud to run the most compute intensive workloads across various industry verticals. These workloads span the traditional HPC applications, like genomics, computational chemistry, financial risk modeling, computer aided engineering, weather prediction, and seismic imaging, as well as emerging applications, like machine learning, deep learning, and autonomous driving.

HPC on AWS removes the long wait times and lost productivity often associated with on-premises HPC clusters. Flexible configuration and virtually unlimited scalability allow you to grow and shrink your infrastructure as your workloads dictate, not the other way around. Additionally, with access to a broad portfolio of cloud-based services like Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML), you can redefine traditional HPC workflows to innovate faster.

Today, more cloud-based HPC applications run on AWS than on any other cloud. Customers like Bristol-Myers Squibb, FINRA, BP and Autodesk trust AWS to run their most critical HPC workloads.

High Performance Computing on AWS


Faster results

By moving your HPC workloads to AWS you can get instant access to the infrastructure capacity you need to run your HPC applications. HPC on AWS eliminates the wait times and long job queues often associated with limited on-premises HPC resources, helping you to get results faster. Additionally, with access to a broad range of cloud-based services, you can innovate faster by combining HPC workflows with new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Flexible configurations

Moving HPC workloads to the cloud can help increase productivity by matching the infrastructure configuration to the application. With HPC on AWS, engineers are no longer constrained to running their job on the available configuration. Every workload can run on its own on-demand cluster using an optimal set of services for their unique application. Individuals and teams can rapidly scale up or scale down these resources as needed, commissioning or decommissioning HPC clusters in minutes, instead of days or weeks

Cost-effective operations

With HPC on AWS, there are no upfront capital expenditures or lengthy procurement cycles. You pay only for the capacity you use, and our flexible pricing models offer significant cost savings when you process time-flexible, stateless workloads. You can quickly migrate to newer technologies as soon as they are made available on AWS. This removes the risk of on-premises HPC clusters becoming obsolete or poorly utilized as your needs change over time. The result is more efficient HPC spending, and fewer wasted resources


Use cases

Computational Fluid Dynamics

HPC on AWS helps reduce turn-around times for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. Engineers can scale out their simulation jobs to experiment with more tunable parameters, leading to faster, more accurate results.



AWS provides the inherent scalability and an ecosystem of partners and tools for running genomics workloads. With HPC on AWS, you can efficiently and dynamically store and compute your data, collaborate with peers, and incorporate analytics and machine learning.

Reservoir Simulation


AWS provides the flexibility to support unique CPU and GPU configurations and the scale and elasticity to support spiky optimization workflows, like automated history-matching. This helps engineers iterate and fine-tune models faster and thus accelerate reservoir simulations.

Risk Management & Portfolio Optimization

Flexible grid-computing capabilities on AWS allow portfolio managers to quickly conduct simulations that identify risks within their portfolio of products, hedging opportunities, and areas for optimization.  They can also quickly model the impact of hypothetical portfolio changes.

Autonomous Vehicles - Driving Simulation

AWS provides a full suite of services to support Autonomous Vehicle development and deployment. These include the ability to collect, store and manage massive amounts of data, high performance computing capacity and advanced deep learning frameworks.

Research Computing and Higher Education

AWS helps researchers process complex workloads by providing the cost-effective, scalable and secure compute, storage and database capabilities needed to accelerate time-to-science. With AWS, scientists can quickly analyze massive data pipelines and share their results with collaborators around the world.
On AWS, AstraZeneca is running 51 billion statistical tests around their genomics pipeline, and delivered genomic insights to more than 40 drug discovery projects in 2020.
With NICE DCV, their 1,000 engineers can stream high quality 3D applications remotely with enhanced security. 

On AWS, MAXAR was able to deliver weather forecast analysis 58% faster than the NOAA weather supercomputer.

By using Elastic Fabric Adapter and AWS ParallelCluster, FLYING WHALES was able to run CFD simulations to design their 60-ton payload cargo ships up to 15X faster on AWS.

Learn how

Whether you are running thousands of computational fluid dynamics simulations to design sports cars or sequencing the human genome, follow these self-guided workshops to learn how to do it on AWS. Learn how to run popular applications like Simcenter STAR CCM+, GROMACS, Ansys Fluent, Nextflow and more.

Read posts on the AWS HPC Blog Channel to learn about the latest AWS HPC services, best practices for running HPC workloads on AWS, AWS HPC customer stories, and how to integrate your workloads with AWS Partner solutions.

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Tune into the HPC Tech Shorts YouTube channel to learn how you to use AWS HPC products and services, and AWS partner solutions to run your largest, most complex HPC workloads in the cloud.

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HPC on AWS - Component Services

The services listed below as HPC solution components are a great starting point to set up and manage your HPC cluster. AWS constantly releases new services and features, and we strongly encourage you to explore how adjacent cloud services can help you redefine your HPC workflows. 

AWS Partner Network High Performance Computing Competency

AWS High Performance Computing Competency Partners

AWS High Performance Computing Competency Partners help customers accelerate their digital innovation in the areas of HPC spanning high performance solvers, high throughput computing, HPC workload management, and foundational HPC technology. AWS HPC Competency Partners offer agile, flexible, and cost-effective technology offerings for HPC on AWS supporting genomics, computational chemistry, seismic processing, computer aided engineering, as well as emerging applications, such as deep learning and autonomous driving.

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