AWS launches GPU instances, mobile app developer tools

Summary:Amazon Web Services and Nvidia are launching cloud services designed to move GPUs beyond high performance computing to SaaS companies.

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Amazon Web Services on Tuesday launched a new type of instance using Nvidia Grid graphics processing units for 3D modeling as well as new tools for mobile app developers.

On the GPU front, AWS said that it will launch G2 instances, an Elastic Compute Cloud service designed for 3D graphics. The service is aimed at graphic intensive efforts such as visualizations and large workloads.

The move takes the GPU cloud services from AWS beyond the core high performance computing workloads. In the supercomputer market, Nvidia GPUs are increasingly being used. Nvidia added that the AWS G2 instances are also aimed at software as a service companies

AWS said the G2 instances can be launched from the usual EC2 interface. G2 instances are available in the U.S. East, West and EU regions. Here's an example of the pricing for the G2 instances, sold by Nvidia on the AWS Marketplace. 



Separately, Amazon said it launched two cloud services for mobile developers. The services revolve around analytics and A/B testing and are aimed at iOS and Android developers.

With the services, developers can test and track usage on the AWS infrastructure. AWS has noted that there's a virtuous cycle between its cloud service, developers for its Kindle Fire OS and monetizing applications.

AWS has been pushing out mobile cloud services regularly and now has log-in, push notifications, in-app purchasing, mobile ads as well as the testing and analytics launched today.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Data Centers


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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