Amazon announces EC2 C6i Instances

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of its latest cloud service powered by the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors. 

Amazon EC2 C6i instances are powered by 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and deliver up to 15 per cent better price performance compared to C5 instances for a wide variety of workloads. In August, AWS announced its new EC2 M6i instances, which are also powered by the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Where EC2 M6i instances are built for general-purpose computing, EC2 C6i instances are designed for compute-intensive workloads including high performance computing (HPC).

New EC2 C6i instances harness the increased core count, higher performance and built-in acceleration features included in the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors. 

EC2 C6i instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor. EC2 C6i instances are available in nine sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64, 96 and 128 virtual central processing units (vCPUs), the latter of which is meant to meet customer demands for increased scalability. The new instance size (c6i.32xlarge) features 128 vCPUs and 256 GiB of memory, 33 power cent more than the largest C5 instance.

Channy Yun, principal developer advocate for AWS commented in a blog post: ‘Today, I am happy to announce the availability of the new compute-optimised Amazon EC2 C6i instances, which offer up to 15 per cent improvement in price performance for a variety of workloads, versus comparable C5 instances. These instances are ideal for running compute-intensive workloads such as batch processing, machine learning, high-end gaming, high performance computing (HPC) workloads, ad serving, and video encoding.’

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