Amazon’s cloud computing department on Tuesday provided a new supercomputing service based on its self-designed processor, which further shows that chips based on Arm technology are eating away at Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.
Amazon Web Services or AWS sells its computing services based on the basic CPU chip selected by the customer. Software developers have traditionally chosen between Intel or AMD products, but since 2018, Amazon has also provided its own Graviton chip, which is designed with Arm’s technology and is currently being invested by Nvidia at $40 billion (about 293,600 Crores) on the occasion of the acquisition.
Arm-based chips have a long power supply capability for mobile phones because they can operate at very low power levels, but they are increasingly used in data centers where their power efficiency helps control costs . The fastest computing system in the world is Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer, which is based on the Arm chip.
Supercomputing can help with tasks such as weather forecasting, medical research, and providing aerodynamic modeling for cars without wind tunnels. But the system is still expensive and is mainly operated by the government and research centers.
AWS hopes to cut costs, saying that the new service will provide 40% more cost-effective than similar products from AMD and Intel. AWS’ own technology will quickly transfer data through multiple Graviton processors, which is a key supercomputing process, and many chips act as tenacious minds for large tasks. AWS will lease the service so that researchers do not need to build or manage systems.
Dave Brown, vice president of AWS Elastic Computing Cloud, said in an interview, “Supercomputing is no longer something that only governments can do.” “You can reduce costs-you no longer need supercomputers. You can start them in the cloud and then downgrade.”
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