Archive For The “Hardware” Category

A Short History of AWS Silicon Innovation

A Short History of AWS Silicon Innovation

Why would a cloud services company design and deploy custom semiconductors? It definitely wasn’t where I expected we would end up when I joined AWS in 2009 but it’s a decision that has just kept delivering for our customers. It’s been 10 years since those early ideas and, in reflecting on what the team has…

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Graviton3 & EC2 C7g General Availability

Graviton3 & EC2 C7g General Availability

Today we’re making the AWS Graviton3 processor generally available in the AWS EC2 C7g Instances. Graviton3 and EC2 C7g Instance Type General Availability Video Graviton3 is the third generation of the AWS Graviton CPUs and it continues to raise the bar on performance.  Graviton is one of our 4 semiconductor product lines here at AWS….

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Xen-on-Nitro: AWS Nitro for Legacy Instances

Xen-on-Nitro: AWS Nitro for Legacy Instances

On August 25, 2006, we started the public beta of our first ever EC2 instance. Back then, it didn’t even have a name yet, but we latter dubbed it “m1.small.”. Our first customers were able to use the equivalent of 1.7 GHz Xeon processor, 1.75 GB of RAM, 160 GB of local disk and 250…

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Tesla Project Dojo Overview

Tesla Project Dojo Overview

A couple of days back, Ganesh Venkataramanan, leader of the Tesla Dojo project, announced the Dojo machine learning training system. It’s an unusually network rich, power dense, and memory light design. I’ve summarized the architecture of the system below but I found three aspects of the system particularly interesting: Massive Network: Each D1 chip delivers…

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Anandtech on AWS Graviton2

Anandtech on AWS Graviton2

Yesterday, Anandtech  published what is, by far, the most detailed write-up on the AWS Graviton2 processor. In this article the author, Andrei Frumusanu, compared the Graviton2 with the AMD EPYC 7571 and the Intel Platinum 8259CL. Worth reading. From Anandtech: Amazon’s Arm-based Graviton2 Against AMD and Intel: Comparing Cloud Compute

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AWS Graviton2

AWS Graviton2

In November of last year, AWS announced the first ARM-based AWS instance type (AWS Designed Processor: Graviton). For me this was a very big deal because I’ve been talking about ARM based servers for more than a decade, believing that massive client volumes fund the R&D stream that feeds most server-side innovation. In our industry,…

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2019 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award

2019 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award

Back in late 2008 and early 2009, I had a few projects underway. One was investigating the impact of high temperatures on the longevity and fault rates in servers. We know what it costs to keep a data center cool, but what I wanted to know is what it would cost if we didn’t keep…

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Tesla Full Self Driving ASIC

Tesla Full Self Driving ASIC

Tesla hosted Autonomy Day for Analyst on Monday April 22nd beginning at 11am. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucp0TTmvqOE.  It’s a bit unusual for a corporate video in that it is 3 hours and 52 minutes long but it’s also unusual in that there is far more real content in there than is typically shown…

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AWS Inferentia Machine Learning Processor

AWS Inferentia Machine Learning Processor

On Monday night I described AWS Graviton , the general-purpose AWS-developed server processor with 64-bit Arm that powers the EC2 A1 instance family. The five members of the A1 instance family target scale-out workloads such as web servers, caching fleets, and development workloads. This is the first general-purpose processor that has been designed, developed, and…

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AWS Designed Processor: Graviton

AWS Designed Processor: Graviton

This is an exciting day and one I’ve been looking forward to for more than a decade. As many of you know, the gestation time for a new innovation at AWS can incredibly short.  Some of our most important services went from good ideas to successful, heavily-used services in only months.  But, custom silicon is…

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2017 Turing Award: Dave Patterson & John Hennessy

2017 Turing Award: Dave Patterson & John Hennessy

Earlier this year, Berkeley’s Dave Patterson and Stanford’s John Hennessy won the 2017 Turing Award, the premier award in Computing. From Pioneers of Computer Architecture Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award: NEW YORK, NY, March 21, 2018 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today named John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor…

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Will ML training drive massive growth in networking?

Will ML training drive massive growth in networking?

This originally came up in an earlier blog comment but it’s an interesting question and one not necessarily one restricted to the changes driven by deep learning training and other often GPU-hosted workloads. This trend has been underway for a long time and is more obvious when looking at networking which was your example as…

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Tensor Processing Unit

Tensor Processing Unit

For years I’ve been saying that, as more and more workloads migrate to the cloud, the mass concentration of similar workloads make hardware acceleration a requirement rather than an interesting option. When twenty servers are working on a given task, it makes absolutely no sense to do specialized hardware acceleration. When one thousand servers are…

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CS Responder Trans-Oceanic Cable Layer

CS Responder Trans-Oceanic Cable Layer

Laying fiber optic cables with repeaters along the ocean floor raises super-interesting technical challenges. I recently visited the CS Responder, a trans-ocean cable-laying ship operated by TE Connectivity. TE Connectivity is $13.3B global technology company that specializes in communication cable, connectors, sensors, and electronic components. Their subsidiary TE SubCom manufactures, lays and maintains undersea cable. TE SubCom has a base…

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KVH Industries Tour

KVH Industries Tour

As part of my home blog, I often describe visit to plants, factories, and ships in the “Technology Series“. Over the years, we’ve covered mining truck manufacturers, sail boat racing, a trip on a ship-assist tug boat, a tour of Holland America’s Westerdam, a visit to an Antarctic ice breaker, a tour of a Panamax container…

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Everspan Optical Cold Storage

Everspan Optical Cold Storage

Optical Archive Inc. was a startup founded by Frank Frankovsky and Gio Coglitore.  I first met Frank many years ago when he was Director of the Dell Data Center Solutions team. DCS was part of the massive Dell Computer company but they still ran like a startup. And, with Jimmy Pike leading many of their…

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