Amazon has brought clustered compute instances to its Virtual Private Cloud, giving researchers and others greater performance when processing large datasets.
The availability of 'cc2.8xlarge' Xeon E5-based servers within the Virtual Private Cloud technology was announced by the company on Thursday. The high performance computing (HPC) instances are designed for developers that need to fiddle with and analyse vast quantities of information.
"This instance type is designed to address the needs of customers who want to run tightly coupled supercomputing applications in the elastic environment of the AWS cloud," Matt Wood, a technology evangelist at Amazon Web Services, wrote in a blog post. "Not only are they deployed on a high speed, full-bisection bandwidth 10GbE but they sport the fire-breathing Intel Xeon E5 processors."
Virtual Private Cloud is a technology that lets companies create a dedicated and secure slice of infrastructure within the AWS cloud, then link it to their private datacentre. On Wednesday Amazon updated its CloudFormation cloud templating technology to work with VPC, cutting the steps it takes to manage and initialise cloud compute infrastructure.