Never a company content to rest on its market-leading position, AWS last week announced the availability of P2 instances, a new GPU instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance,
including artificial intelligence, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics and rendering.
Amazon states that the P2 instances are the most powerful GPU instances currently available in the cloud, a claim which seems easy to believe when the largest P2 instance offers 16 GPUs with a combined 192 Gigabytes (GB) of video memory, 40 000 parallel processing cores, 70 teraflops of single precision floating point performance, over 23 teraflops of double precision floating point performance, and GPUDirect technology for higher bandwidth and lower latency peer-to-peer communication between GPUs.
P2 instances also feature up to 732 GB of host memory, up to 64 vCPUs using custom Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) processors, dedicated network capacity for I/O operation, and enhanced networking through the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor.
Customers can launch P2 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries.