AWS has turbocharged its custom Arm-chips, unveiling a new set of cloud instances underpinned by homegrown AWS Graviton2 processors that it says are seven-times faster than last year’s Arm-based offering; putting Intel and NVIDIA firmly on notice.
The release comes a year after the cloud heavyweight first touted a family of A1 Arm-based cloud instances, using processors custom-designed by AWS using open Arm architecture. (Arm-based servers are significantly more energy efficient — an incentive for AWS, which is paying the power bills — but have lacked firepower).
The Graviton2 processor, revealed today at AWS’s Re:Invent conference, is an upgraded custom AWS design built using a 7nm manufacturing process. It is based on 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores, and doubles floating point performance with additional memory channels and double-sized per-core caches boosting memory access a further five-times.
Arm engineers worked side by side with Annapurna Labs, a wholly owned AWS subsidiary responsible for building the Graviton processor family to design the chips, which are the first built using Arm’s N1 architecture; its first extensive CPU core roadmap aimed specifically at infrastructure.
AWS CEO Andy Jassy told the audience in his keynote speech at the Las Vegas event that users can “run virtually all your instances on this, with a 40 percent better price performance than x86 instances.”
AWS will be switching a range of its own IaaS/SaaS service from x86-based architecture to Arm-based architecture it added.
This thing kicks the living crap out of the current Intel powered c5/m5 instance families.
It's time for the world to learn that "cross-compiling" isn't about you using your computer when you're angry.