Amazon Now Offers Supercomputing Service

July 13, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Amazon Web Services now offers a new feature, allowing users to harvest the power of an actual supercomputing cluster, and is aimed at researchers. The service has been titled “Cluster Compute”, and is based on a service that Amazon offered a while back called Elastic Compute Cloud. One of the best parts is that they’ve retained their policy on scaling payments with usage – that is, if you don’t use that much computing power, you won’t have to pay much in bills either.

For those of you with a more geeky side, here are some raw stats about what this new service is capable of: a cluster with 880 nodes managed to reach a staggering 41.82 teraflops (which is the measurement for a computer’s ability to perform floating-point calculations per second) when put through the Linpack mathematical speed test. If you want some comparison, the machine which ranked #145 in a recent list of the top 500 fastest supercomputers was performing at around 41.88 teraflops.

If you want to get your hands on all of this power, the price is $1.60/hour for a single instance. There are some discount packages as well, for example a $4,290 annual package or a $6,590 3-year deal.

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