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2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor to deliver better performance to Amazon Web Services users

AMD has just announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) C5a will be powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor. According to AMD, the processor could deliver frequencies up to 3.3Ghz. With this AMD processor, the C5a can perform exceptionally x86 price-performance for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analytics and web applications. 

Available in eight configurations, with up to 96 virtual CPUs, the Amazon EC2 C5a instances take advantage of high core counts from the AMD EPYC processor to offer the lowest cost per x86 virtual CPU in the Amazon EC2 portfolio. This provides customers with an additional choice for optimal performance and cost across a variety of compute intensive workloads, including video game development and hosting which take advantage of the high CPU core counts and memory ratios provided by C5a.

AMD and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have provided customers with high performance, cost effective options since early 2018 with five Amazon EC2 instance families (M5a, M5ad, R5a, R5ad and T3a) spanning more than 15 global AWS Regions. The new Amazon EC2 C5a instances with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors are available now in the AWS U.S. East, AWS U.S. West, AWS Europe, and AWS Asia Pacific regions. Disk variants, Amazon EC2 C5ad, that come with local NVMe instance storage and bare metal variants, Amazon EC2 C5an.metal and Amazon EC2 C5adn.metal, are coming soon.

The AWS compute optimized EC2 instances are a direct result of the ongoing collaboration between AWS and AMD. Read more about the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processor and AWS’s EC2 Instance general availability here.  

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