Issue # 13: November 25th, 2022 to December 1st, 2022
Welcome to Issue # 13 of AWS Graviton Weekly, which will be focused on sharing everything that happened in the past week related to AWS Graviton: from November 25th, 2022 to December 1st, 2022.
We are in the AWS re:Invent 2022 Week, so, I will focus in the main announcements, news and everything related to AWS Silicon in general, not only Graviton.
There were a lot of exciting stuff announced in the event, so feel free to grab a pen, a good cup of ☕ (I'm Cuban, so coffee is my "fuel") and enjoy all the resources I will share here.
But before sharing everything, I have one BIG QUESTION for you:
It doesn't have to be related to Graviton. Reply to this email with the answer. I would love to hear all about it.
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Here are all the announcements from re:Invent 2022 related to AWS Silicon
Peter DeSantis's keynote
First, you need to watch the keynote from Peter DeSantis (Senior Vice President of AWS Utility Computing).
Why? Because he shared some incredible stuff there related to AWS Silicon:
- First, he announced the new generation of AWS Nitro v5 (link to the exact moment in the YouTube video), which is a massive jump in performance from the previous generation: 2x transistors, 50% faster DRAM speed and a PCIe adapter that provides about twice the bandwith. What this means exactly? This new card is able to support 60% higher packet per second rate with a 30% reduction in packet latency and with 40% better performance per watt.
- Then, he continued with the announcement of a new instance type called C7gn, a new network optimized EC2 instance, which is the first instance based in the Nitro v5 system and Graviton. The specs are simply insane: 200 Gbps per second of networking bandwitdth and up to 50% better packet processing performance (compared to C6gn instances). If you want to know more details, I encourage you to read this post from Jeff Barr here.
- After that, he shared a very interesting number about Graviton3 based instances: they use up to 60% better performance per watt vs comparable x86 instances while providing 25% better performance compared to Graviton2 instances. Very cool, right?
- And then, he shared the coolest stuff of the night: AWS built a new Graviton chip called Graviton3E, a variant of the Graviton3 processor but it's specifically optimized to do more floating points and vector math, which is perfect for HPC applications. Compared to Graviton3 based instances, it does 35% higher performance on HPL (a computational benchmark for lineal algebra), 12% on Gromacs and 30% better on common financial options models
- To go even further, he announced another new instance called HPC7g, the lastest generation of EC2 instance for compute-intensive HPC workloads, powered by Graviton3E
- Then, he talked slightly about the AWS Trn1 instances, which is powered by up to 16 AWS Trainium accelerators purpose built to accelerate DL training, 512 GB of memory and 800 Gbps of networking bandwidth.
- Another exciting stuff from his keynote was the announcement of AWS Lambda SnapStart, a new capability from Lambda to drastically reduce the cold start latency at no extra cost. To know more about it, you can watch this video about the topic
There are more cool and exciting stuff in the video. So, feel free to watch it entirely. You will love it.
Dave Brown's Leadership session
Another interesting session was Dave Brown's session (VP of EC2) where he shared some amazing stuff as well related to Compute at AWS.
- First, he talked about the whole family of Graviton processors, and shared about it that the migration to Graviton is happening very fast as little as 4 days. Wow
But to be honest, I encourage you to watch the entire talk because it's very interesting and refreshing, especially after watching Dave talking about many customers like Sprinklr, Formula 1 and DirecTV using Graviton processors to innovate every single day.
Now, I will share all the talks related to Graviton below.
Note: there are a lot of recordings that are not available yet in the AWS Events YouTube channel, so my advice? Subscribe to it and make sure to click in the 🔔 to get notified when a new video is uploaded.
AWS re:Invent 2022 Graviton sessions
- CMP 301: Powering Amazon EC2: Deep dive on the AWS Nitro system, by Ravi Murty, Senior Principal Engineer, AWS
- CMP303: Get hands-on with AWS Graviton-based EC2 instances, by Arthur Petitpierre (EC2 & Graviton Principal Specialist SA, AWS) and Seth Fox ( Sr. Manager Solutions Architecture, AWS)
- CMP309: AWS Graviton adoption by Honeycomb.io using Amazon EC2 and AWS Lambda, by Sunil Ramachandra (Sr.Solutions Architect at AWS) and Pierre Tessier (Director of Solution Architects at Honeycomb.io)
- CMP325: Coding for multiple CPU architectures using lessons learned in HPC, by Arthur Petitpierre (EC2 & Graviton Principal Specialist SA, AWS) and Karthik Raman (HPC Application Engineer, Amazon)
- CMP 408: Running containerized workloads on AWS Graviton–based instances, by Seth Fox ( Sr. Manager Solutions Architecture, AWS) and Michael Fischer (Principal Specialist SA, AWS)
- CMP409: Enhancing OS and application security on AWS Graviton–based instances, by William Koplitz (Senior Specialist Solutions Architect - Graviton, AWS) and Arthur Petitpierre (EC2 & Graviton Principal Specialist SA, AWS) (Monday, November 28 - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
- CMP410: Framework for adopting AWS Graviton–based instances, by William Koplitz (Senior Specialist Solutions Architect - Graviton, AWS) and Michael Fischer (Principal Specialist SA, AWS) (November 30, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM)
- CMP411: Learnings from developers who adopted AWS Graviton, by Jeff Underhill (Sr Manager, Graviton, AWS) and Arthur Petitpierre (EC2 & Graviton Principal Specialist SA, AWS) (Wednesday, November 30 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Friday, December 2 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
- PRT220: How to maximize HPC productivity, performance, and portability , by John Linford (Technical Product Manager CPU Software, NVIDIA) (Monday, November 28 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
- PRT246: Building real-time applications to utilize AWS Graviton Speakers: Tal Gabay ( Engineering Manager, Wix.com), Raj Pai (Vice President, AWS), Subbu Iyer (President and CEO, Aerospike), and Kyle Bush( VP, Data Analytics Architecture, Fidelity Investments)
- DOP315: Sustainability in the cloud with Rust and AWS Graviton with Emil Lerch (Principal DevOps Specialist at AWS) and Esteban Kuber (Principal Software Engineer at AWS)
- XNT401: Boosting .NET application performance with Arm64 and AWS Graviton3, by Sreelaxmi Pai (Sr. Modernization Architect, AWS) and Kirk Davis (Principal Solutions Architect, AWS)
- PRT224: Overcoming migration hurdles with CircleCI and AWS Graviton , by Charity Majors (CTO, Honeycomb.io) and Tom Trahan ( VP Business Development, CircleCI)
- PRT265: What to know before adopting Arm: Lessons learned at Datadog , by Jason Yee ( Staff Technical Evangelist, Datadog)
Again: there are a lot of videos that have not being uploaded yet to the channel. So, subscribe here.
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