AWS unveils availability of sixth-generation Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

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The sixth-generation Amazon EC2 instances have R6g instances, designed for workloads that process large data sets in memory, such as open-source databases or in-memory caches.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unveiled the general availability of its sixth generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances with three new instances powered by AWS-designed, Arm-based Graviton2 processors.

The general purpose (M6g), compute-optimised (C6g), and memory-optimised (R6g) instances deliver up to 40% better price/performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances.

These sixth generation Amazon EC2 instances include M6g instances, designed for general-purpose workloads with balanced compute, memory, and networking, such as application servers, mid-size databases, micro services, and caching fleets.

It also includes C6g instances, designed for compute-intensive workloads, such as high performance computing, batch processing, video encoding, gaming, scientific modeling, distributed analytics, ad-serving and CPU-based machine learning inference.


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“Today more than ever, customers are looking for innovative ways to increase performance and reduce cost, and Arm processors have emerged as an exciting and mainstream alternative to x86 processors for a wide variety of existing and emerging workloads,” said David Brown, Vice President, Amazon EC2, at AWS.

“The new Amazon EC2 instances powered by AWS-designed, Arm-based, Graviton2 processors represent a significant generational leap for customers, delivering 40% better price/performance over comparable x86-based instances, and already we’ve seen a broad set of customers embrace them across a wide variety of general purpose, compute optimized, and memory optimised workloads.”

AWS Graviton2 processors also introduced a number of optimisations, features, and capabilities.

AWS Graviton2 processors use 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and custom silicon designed by AWS, built using advanced seven nanometer manufacturing technology.

M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a collection of AWS-designed hardware and software innovations that enable the delivery of cloud services with isolated multi-tenancy, private networking, and fast local storage.

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