A new CC2 instance was unveiled by Amazon Web Services this week. In addition to their previously released Cluster GPU instances, AWS will begin selling another type under their Cluster Compute category called Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large (CC2 for short). Each instance runs on two eight-core Intel Xeon processors connected to a 10-Gigabit network. Who would need this much compute power? One example is the Harvard Center of Bioinformatics, where they need to do some heavy data crunching on genomes and such.
Amazon reminds us that these instances are still considered beta:
We are making the CC2 instance available as a public beta so a few caveats apply:
- The instances are available in a single Availability Zone in the US East (Northern Virginia) Region. We plan to add capacity in other EC2 Regions throughout 2012. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in CC2 support in other Regions.
- You can run 2 CC2 instances by default. If you would like to run larger jobs, please submit an EC2 instance increase request.
- You cannot currently launch instances of this type within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).
With the release of the CC2 instance, the number of unique AWS instances is up to 12.