AWS begins offering Graviton, a custom Arm processor built by Amazon

Annapurna Labs 64 bit chips available today in the United States and Europe.

In AWS re: Invent in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services declared that it’s now offering Arm CPU based instances for the first time. The Graviton 64 bit chip was designed in the house, was created by Annapurna Labs, a processor firm Amazon obtained for $350m in 2015. Annapurna also developed two generations of Nitro ASICs that run networking and storage tasks from Amazon’s data centres.

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With today’s introduction of the A1 instances, we are providing clients with a cost effective solution to run distributed applications such as containerized microservices, Matt Garman, VP of compute services in AWS, said. A1 instances are powered with our new custom designed AWS Graviton chips with the Arm instruction set that leverages our experience in building hyperscale cloud systems for more than a decadeago. The A1 instances are available today from the US East, US East, US West and Europe regions as on demand, reserved, spot and dedicated instances, and in a dedicated host form. The processor is encouraged by Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Ubuntu, with support for more OS on the way.

There are five flavours of A1 EC2 examples – from the a1.medium with 1 vCPU, 2GB of Memory, up to 3.5Gbps EBS and 10Gbps network bandwidth, priced at $0.0255 per hour on demand, to a1.4xlarge with 16 vCPU and 32GB of Memory, priced at $0.408 per hour. Based on the workload and configuration, AWS claims that A1 instances might be up to 45 percent less costly than its x86 based machines. Image hosting platform, SmugMug, said that it saw a 40 percent cost savings by a change to A1. Previously this month, AWS declared that it’d offers instances based on AMD Epyc processors, something which could inconvenience its long time partner Intel, a dominant supplier of server chips.

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