Intel Xeon Scalable processors supercharge Amazon Web Services’ most powerful compute-optimized instances

Via Intel Newsroom

Nov 7, 2017

Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are deployed by today’s cloud service providers to deliver disruptive performance efficiency across a diverse range of cloud workloads. Today, Intel announced Amazon* Web Services’ (AWS) public cloud customers can now harness the workload-optimized performance that the Intel Xeon Scalable platform delivers in Amazon’s latest cloud instance. Available now, the Amazon EC2 C5 instances are AWS’ latest generation, most powerful compute-optimized instances with the best price-to-compute performance.

Today’s news marks the latest milestone in the long-term collaboration between Intel and AWS to drive innovation in the public and hybrid cloud domains.

Intel Xeon Scalable processors are highly agile, high-performance compute engines that allow public cloud environments to seamlessly transition among general purpose compute, high-performance computing (HPC) and AI/deep learning compute. This agility provides public cloud users a wide range of options for their target workloads. Intel Xeon Scalable processors are uniquely architected for today’s evolving cloud data center infrastructure, offering energy efficiency and system-level performance that average 1.65x higher performance1 over the prior generation Xeon processors.

Together with Intel, AWS has optimized AI/deep learning engines with the latest version of the Intel® Math Kernel Library and the Intel Xeon Scalable processors to increase inference performance by over 100x2 on the new Amazon EC2 C5 instances.

The latest Intel Xeon processors incorporate several architectural features that boost the efficiency and performance of running deep learning training and inference workloads in cloud environments. MXNet* and other deep learning frameworks are highly optimized to run on Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Compared with prior generation, Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver 2.4x higher deep learning inference performance and 2.2x higher deep learning training performance3.

HPC workloads running on Amazon EC2 C5 instances will increase the speed of research and reduce time-to-results. Intel Xeon Scalable processors feature advanced Intel Advanced Vector Extensions-512 (Intel AVX-512) instructions that make them an ideal solution for compute-intensive scientific modeling, financial operations, and distributed analytics that require high-performance, floating point calculations. Amazon EC2 C5 instances include up to 72 vCPUs (twice that of previous generation compute-optimized instances), 144 GiB of memory, and a base clock frequency of 3.0 GHz to run the most demanding HPC workloads.

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