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Amazon is expanding its cloud reach into the world of graphically intensive, 3D, GPU-accelerated applications in fields such as media creation, design, and even gaming with its Amazon AppStream. AppStream runs on Amazon’s EC2, which includes NVIDIA’s Kepler-based GRID GPUs (a G2 instance), and is designed to make it possible to run applications on devices that would not necessarily be able to handle the processing required. The service deploys and renders applications in the cloud and streams them to just about any device, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Currently, the Amazon... Read more...
Amid a wicked thunderstorm with high winds and wide scale power outages on the mid-atlantic coast, an Amazon facility in Virginia that supports its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) server went down late last night, temporarily taking out any number of website--including Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram. By now, Netflix and Pinterest are back up, so movie watchers and recipe hunters can breathe a sigh of relief, but at this time Instagram is still down, so the flow of grainy photos of people’s sandaled feet will remain temporarily staunched. According to Amazon’s AWS status page, they’re... Read more...
Amazon has long touted its ECS (Elastic Compute Cloud) as a flexible service for companies that need a certain amount of server time to test programs or features, but don't want to invest the time and effort themselves. Now, the company has added additional HPC (High Performance Computing) capabilities that are typically targeted towards large-scale enterprise or university buildouts. These are precisely the sorts of organizations that typically can afford to invest time/money, but Amazon is targeting potential customers that might be restrained either by a lack of available CPU time or those that... Read more...