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AWS Graviton Weekly # 31

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Issue # 31: March 31st, 2023 to April 7th, 2023

Hey Reader

Welcome to Issue # 31 of AWS Graviton Weekly, which will be focused on sharing everything that happened in the past week related to AWS Silicon: from March, 31st, 2023 to April 7th, 2023.

Before sharing the recommended resources of the week, I just wanted to let you know that I just moved my Mastodon account to the AWS Community on Mastodon.

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AWS launches global generative AI accelerator for startups

Building on the exciting new developments around generative AI, we are happy to launch the AWS Generative AI Accelerator, a 10-week program designed to take the most promising generative AI startups around the globe to the next level.

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AWS Controllers for Kubernetes (ACK) for Amazon MemoryDB is now generally available

The AWS Controllers for Kubernetes (ACK) service controller for Amazon MemoryDB for Redis is now generally available. Customers can provision and manage MemoryDB resources using the ACK service controller.

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The sixth generation of Amazon EC2 instances powered by AMD processors now support faster Amazon EBS-optimized instance performance

Today, we are announcing an improvement for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) performance on Amazon EC2 compute-optimized C6a and general purpose M6a instance types, with similar improvement on R6a in the coming weeks.
EC2 C6a and M6a instances are powered by 3rd generation AMD EPYC processors and are built on the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor.
With the latest enhancements to the Nitro system, we have increased the maximum EBS-optimized IOPS by 60% on the 32xlarge instance size and 50% on all other instance sizes for the C6a and M6a instance types.
The largest 48xlarge and metal sizes now have a maximum IOPS of 240,000, up from prior 160,000. Additionally, we have increased the maximum EBS-optimized bandwidth by 50% for instance sizes up to 32xlarge. With these improvements, the large to 4xlarge instance sizes can now achieve burst performance of 10Gbps and 40,000 IOPS.

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Amazon SageMaker is now available in Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region

Starting today, you can build, train, and deploy machine learning (ML) models in Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region.
Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed platform that provides every developer and data scientist with the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning (ML) models quickly. SageMaker removes the heavy lifting from each step of the machine learning process to make it easier to develop high quality models.

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AWS Glue now available in AWS Europe (Spain) and AWS Europe (Zurich)

We are happy to announce that AWS Glue, a serverless data integration service, is now available in the AWS Europe (Spain) and AWS Europe (Zurich) Regions.

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Announcing Utilization Notifications for EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations

Starting today you will receive notifications for your On-Demand Capacity Reservations that are utilizing less than 20% of Amazon EC2 instances in the reservation. These alerts will be delivered to you through AWS Health Dashboard, Cloudwatch Events and email, without any action required from your side and at no additional cost to you.
Capacity Reservations let you reserve EC2 capacity for any duration.
Once you create a Capacity Reservation, the EC2 capacity is held for you regardless of whether you run the instances or not. These notifications help you track utilization and ensure you are using your desired number of instances, across all your capacity reservations.

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ElasticSearch/​OpenSearch to Graviton, by the CloudFix team

I was looking for a great resource about this recently, and the CloudFix team wrote this amazing guide here.
Highly recommended not only from a performance perspective, but from a cost-effective perspective as well.

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Optimizing cost with AWS Graviton based services, by the AWS team

A very detailed workshop from the AWS team itself about how to use Graviton-based services in a real-world environment. Highly recommended as well

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Do Graviton instances lower costs for Spark on EMR on AWS? by Jeff Chou (co-founder and CEO of Sync Computing)

We perform a cost and runtime evaluation of Graviton instances for Apache Spark on EMR AWS using the TPC-DS 1TB benchmark.
The results are very interesting to read.

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Databricks And Graviton, by Matt Weingarten (Sr. Data Engineer at Disney Streaming Services)

Matt shares some great tips to move Databricks services to Graviton based instances. Highly recommended if you are using Databricks (like me)

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Running LoxiLB on AWS Graviton2-based EC2 instance

For those who don't know what is LoxiLB, it is an open source hyper-scale software load-balancer for cloud-native workloads; and it uses eBPF as its core-engine and is based on Golang.
In this article, you can read how the team installed the platform using a Graviton instance

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Update – SAP HANA Cloud to Support ARM-based AWS Graviton Processors | Driving Price-Performance Improvements and Sustainability via Energy Efficiency, by Stefan Bäuerle (Senior Vice President, Head of Database, SAP HANA Database & Analytics at SAP)

After several months of close collaboration and teamwork between the SAP and AWS teams, we have successfully achieved several milestones to support SAP HANA Cloud on ARM-based AWS Graviton processors. This is an ambitious joint effort between the SAP HANA Cloud and AWS engineering teams, including AWS’s consulting unit, AWS Professional Services. As we shared in our blog post last year, SAP and AWS have a longstanding partnership with thousands of joint customers.
This effort to enable SAP HANA Cloud on AWS Graviton is a cooperative strategic investment and supports our customer’s goal to become an intelligent, sustainable, enterprise.

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Software-defined edge architecture for connected vehicles, by James Simon (Technical Strategy Lead for Connected Vehicle Platforms in AWS Automotive IBU)

James shared a very interesting perspective here about a very detailed oriented software architecture for connected cars.
This technology stack abstracts the specific hardware used, presenting a common run environment that you can deploy to devices that are based on ARM processors with ARM Sytem Ready firmware, including Amazon EC2 Graviton instances.

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[VIDEO] Effortless migration - Is your app already Graviton-ready? by Michael Fisher (Principal Specialist Solutions Architect for EC2 Graviton at AWS) and Vishal Manan (Senior Specialist Solutions Architect for EC2 Graviton at AWS)

You may be able to migrate to AWS Graviton and begin immediately taking advantage of the lower costs, higher performance, and greater sustainability today. In this webinar we'll help you identify the applications you can easily migrate to Graviton without any significant code or configuration changes and save up to 40% on your EC2 costs.

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[VIDEO] Enhanced threat detection for Amazon EKS with Amazon GuardDuty, with Amit Megiddo (Principal Technical Product Manager for Amazon GuardDuty) and Muhammad Wasiq (Principal Security Engineer at AWS)

Amazon GuardDuty is an intelligent threat detection service that protects tens of thousands of AWS customers. GuardDuty continuously monitors AWS logs and networking activity to identify malicious or unauthorized behavior using machine learning, anomaly detection, and threat intelligence, and now features a new fully managed security agent that monitors Amazon EKS workloads for operating system-level behavior, such as file access, process execution, and network connections.
Now you can combine runtime threat detection for containers running on EKS with GuardDuty’s existing coverage for EKS clusters, and the broader AWS environment.


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[Richmond Cloud Wranglers Meetup] Maximizing Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness with AWS Graviton

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 5:30 PM to Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 7:00 PM EDT

In this presentation, Lane Jennison, Distinguished Cloud / DevOps Engineer at Ippon Technologies USA, will demystify ARM computing in the cloud and focus on the opportunities available with AWS Graviton!

The session will provide executive-level and engineering-level explanations on how ARM has evolved to a server-class architecture, how the cost benefits are tangible, the performance parity graviton provides, and the practical paths your organization can refactor workloads to take advantage of this next era of cloud computing.

This talk is ideal for cloud architects, developers, and IT professionals who want to learn more about AWS Graviton and how it can help them optimize their cloud workloads.

AWS at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023

RAI Amsterdam, Europaplein 24 1078 GZ Amsterdam Nederland

April 18th - April 21st, 2023, 9am - 6pm CEST

Future proof your Kubernetes cluster for cost optimization

Cost optimization is a common priority. In this session, learn about the many factors that can increase costs in your Kubernetes usage beyond compute, such as compute efficiencies at the node and pod level, scaling parameters, networking cost, multi-architecture image creation, security posture, and more. Discover how to change your application components and migrate from x86-based instances to AWS Graviton to achieve cost efficiency at higher performance. Also, learn how to use open-source tools and AWS services to optimize these costs and make your Kubernetes cluster more resilient to economic instability.


Tweet of the week

Dion Hinchcliffe (Vice President and Principal Analyst at
Constellation Research)

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Dion Hinchcliffe
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@sarbjeetjohal @AnuragTechaisle @dvellante @furrier @emilychangtv @EdLudlow @dee_bosa @jonfortt @timoreilly @cloudpundit No question. One of the big frontiers in #cloud is custom silicon. We're seeing this in highly differentiating chips for #AI/#ML workloads + other tasks. Example: @AWSCloud's #Graviton series. #China wasn't getting these anyway though. But making their own may be harder now.
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@AnuragTechaisle @dhinchcliffe @dvellante @furrier @emilychangtv @EdLudlow @dee_bosa @jonfortt @timoreilly @cloudpundit It definitely will set them back by not having access to high end chips and chip manufacturing equipment. It’s not only cloud and AI, latest weaponry is filled with use of latest chips as well.
April 6th 2023

Marcos Ortiz

I'm a Data Engineer by day at Riot Games (via X-Team ) and by night, I curate the last news/product announcements/resources about AWS Silicon (Graviton, AWS Nitro, Inferentia, and Trainium).

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