Amazon Opens Supercomputing Service

Tuesday Jul 13th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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New Cluster Compute offers 8.5 times faster performance than standard Amazon cloud computing services.

Cnet: Amazon Web Services has launched a new program called Cluster Compute which aims to offer enterprises access to the type of supercomputing power used by research scientists. Keith Jackson, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory computer scientist, reports, "In our series of comprehensive benchmark tests, we found our HPC (high-performance computing) applications ran 8.5 times faster on Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2 than the previous EC2 instance types."

According to Amazon, a 880-node cluster attained 41.82 teraflops, or floating-point operations per second, using the Linpack mathematical speed test--that's pretty close to the performance of the 145th fastest supercomputer in the world.

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