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Amazon Web Services Introduces New Amazon EC2 GPU Instance Type

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced G2 instances, a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance designed for applications that require 3D graphics capabilities. The new instance is backed by a high-performance NVIDIA GRID™ GPU with 1,536 parallel processing cores, making it ideally suited for video creation services, 3D visualizations, streaming graphics-intensive applications and other server-side graphics workloads requiring massive parallel processing power. With this new instance type, customers can build high-performance DirectX, OpenGL, CUDA and OpenCL applications and services without making expensive up-front capital investments. To get started with G2 instances on Amazon EC2, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ec2.

“Since we launched Cluster GPU instances two years ago, many customers have asked for expanded functionality to extend the power of our GPU instances beyond HPC applications to graphics-intensive workloads such as video creation services, 3D visualizations and game streaming,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “By enabling the use of DirectX and OpenGL, G2 instances allow developers to cost-effectively build scalable, fast 3D applications on Amazon EC2 and deliver high-performance 3D graphics using the cloud.”

“Autodesk is constantly innovating to provide our customers greater flexibility to access powerful 3D design tools from anywhere, anytime and from any device without compromising performance,” said Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design software. “G2 instances for Amazon EC2 will enable us to deliver high-quality, client-agnostic 3D experiences to customers around the world without worrying about hardware performance and scalability. We also believe this will establish a new standard of design experiences that combine high-performance graphics with the vast compute and storage resources of AWS.”

“Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide. For more than 25 years, our games have been played on a variety of hardware types and configurations,” said Patrick Allaire, Technology Director, Cloud, Ubisoft. “In the coming years, games streamed from the cloud are going to grow tremendously in numbers and in quality, and we believe that AWS is becoming a new and important gaming platform. G2 instances combine the elasticity and scalability of Amazon EC2 with the GPU’s massive rendering power, allowing developers to cost-effectively deliver immersive and engaging entertainment experiences to a multitude of lower-capability client devices, such as Kindle Fire, iPad and Android tablets.”

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