Marcos Ortiz

AWS Graviton Weekly # 37

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Issue # 37: May 12th, 2023 to May 19th, 2023

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Welcome to Issue # 37 of AWS Graviton Weekly, which will be focused on sharing everything that happened in the past week related to AWS Silicon: from May, 12th, 2023 to May 19th, 2023.

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The recommended resources for this week?

  • G5 instances are available in LA Local Zones
  • The episode # 50 of AWS Made Easy with Arthur Petitpierre and the CloudFix team
  • The vide of the livestream called "Porting Advisor for AWS Graviton". Highly recommended !!!
  • A very interesting benchmark for Apache Kafka on AWS Graviton2, Graviton3 and AMD
  • Another benchmark of Intel vs AWS Graviton, made by Intel
  • C-DAC reveals AUM, India’s first indigenous ARM-Based HPC chip with 96 cores

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Announcing the general availability of EC2 G5 instances in Los Angeles Local Zones

Starting today, the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G5 instances powered by NVIDIA A10G Tensor Core GPUs are now generally available in the Local Zones location in Los Angeles. G5 instances can be used for a wide range of graphics intensive and machine learning use cases. These instances are designed for graphics-intensive applications, machine learning inference, and deliver higher performance for training simple to moderately complex machine learning models when compared to Amazon EC2 G4dn instances.
G5 instances feature up to 8 NVIDIA A10G Tensor Core GPUs and 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors. They also support up to 192 vCPUs, up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth, and up to 7.6 TB of local NVMe SSD storage. With access to NVIDIA’s Tesla drivers for compute workloads, GRID drivers to provision RTX Virtual Workstations, and Gaming drivers at no additional cost, customers can easily optimize the G5 instances for their workloads.

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Amazon EC2 C6in instances are now available in 20 AWS regions

Starting today, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud(Amazon EC2) C6in instances are available in Europe (Frankfurt, London, Milan, Zurich). These instances are powered by 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with all-core turbo frequency of up to 3.5 GHz, and are the first x86-based Amazon EC2 instances to offer up to 200 Gbps network bandwidth.

Learn more:


10 Reasons You Should Run SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) on AWS, by Ferry Mulyadi (Principal Partner Solution Architect at AWS), Sumit Goyal (Principal Solutions Architect at AWS), and Anil Nallamotu (Head of Partner Solutions Architecture, Strategic Alliances, APJ at AWS

Reason # 5: Amazon EC2 Graviton for HANA Cloud and Datasphere
SAP Datasphere is a persona-driven, fully-managed data warehouse solution with integrations with various SAP BTP services and SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).
Datasphere Cloud uses the SAP HANA Cloud, a fully managed in-memory cloud database-as-a-service for multi-temperature data storage—in memory and disk (native storage extension)—as a relational data lake. It offers the ability to access data without having to replicate it through data virtualization.
SAP announced at AWS re:Invent 2021 a strategic initiative to port SAP HANA Cloud onto ARM-based AWS Graviton processors that deliver the best price-performance for cloud workloads running in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

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SaaS: How AWS Graviton moves money from Snowflake customers' wallets to shareholders' pockets, by Neil Carson (CEO of Yellowbrick Data, Inc)

...a 76% product gross margin - up from 70% just over a year earlier. Furthermore, they announced approval for a $2bn stock buyback programme. Much of the savings from Graviton isn't resulting in lower prices for Snowflake customers and instead is going to stock buybacks

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Optimizing AWS Cloud Compute Cost using Graviton, by Agye Udar (Senior Solution Architect) and Saravanan Mani (VP of Technology) from Stovl Consulting

Customers looking to optimise cloud costs can look at Graviton based Compute services to reduce their Compute services cost for their applications. This could be an added strategy on top of the usual Cost optimization solutions.

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Kafka Benchmarking on AWS Graviton2, Graviton3 and AMD, by Jonah Kowall (VP of Product Management at Aiven) and Titouan Chary (Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Aiven) via The New Stack

As Kafka scales, cost is a concern, so understanding price/performance value of different platforms is key. Here, two engineers from Aiven benchmark Kafka against the latest x86 and ARM processors.

Learn more:

Comparing Graviton vs Intel?

A very interesting comparison from Intel by Intel.


[Livestream] AWS on Air: Porting Advisor for AWS Graviton: May 16th, 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST


  • Art Baudo (Principal Product Marketing Manager at AWS)
  • Vishal Manan (Sr. Solution Architect, Graviton at AWS)
  • Ryan Doty (Solution Architect at AWS)

[Livestream] Building SaaS on AWS - Architecting for AI/ML inference at extreme scale




Graviton Essentials - Developer Day

Wednesday, May 31 2023 | 8:30AM - 5:00PM PDTAmazon SJC18, 2100 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA94303

About the event

AWS presents the Graviton Essentials Developer Day. Graviton Essentials Developer Day is a free in-person immersion event where AWS Graviton experts deliver technically-focused Graviton-based Amazon EC2 training. This full-day event helps attendees learn best practices to accelerate migration and development of their workloads on Graviton-based instances. Attendees can expect to leave Graviton Essentials Developer Day feeling confident they will know how to achieve performance gains and cost reductions from using Graviton-based instances. Sessions will cover topics such as Introduction to Graviton, programming language and focused deep dives, testing and optimization techniques, and workload deployments. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Presenters & Hosts

AWS Graviton Specialist Solution Architects

About Graviton: AWS Graviton processors are custom Arm-based processors designed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Graviton-based instances deliver up to 20% lower cost, up to 40% better price performance, and up to 60% less energy consumption than comparable x86-based instances. With Graviton-based instances, you can:

1. Increase and scale your application performance to enhance your customer experience

2. Reduce your operational cost
3. Support running workloads sustainably in the cloud

Who should attend

  • Software Engineers
  • Cloud Architects
  • DevOps Engineers
  • Platform Engineers

What to expect

  • Introduction to Graviton
  • Programming language & focused deep dives
  • Testing & optimization techniques
  • Workload deployments
  • Hands-on working sessions
  • Interaction with AWS Graviton SMEs
  • Light breakfast, lunch, and happy hour


  • Participants need to supply their own laptop and power supply
  • Some coding knowledge

No prior Graviton experience is necessary

[Livestream] AWS Made Easy Livestream - Episode 50 - Graviton special with Arthur Petitepierre (EC2 Graviton Principal Specialist Solutions Architect at AWS), Rahul Subramaniam and Stephen Barr from CloudFix (Tuesday May 23th, 9 AM PDT)

🚀 Join us for the next episode of the AWS Made Easy Livestream, where Rahul Subramaniam and Stephen J. Barr will be diving deep into all things Graviton alongside a very special guest Arthur Petitpierre, the EC2 Graviton Principal Specialist Solutions Architect at AWS.
Discover the world of Graviton as we explore the latest news and unlock the secrets of performance tuning. Stay ahead of the game with the latest AWS developments, interact with our experts in real-time, and gain invaluable insights into AWS cloud management.
📆 Register now and mark your calendars for Tuesday at 9 am PDT.

AWS Migration Meetup: June 7, 4 PM CEST | Online

Join Migration Meetup by N-iX on June 7th to discuss cases about migration and data engineering on AWS for business growth!

We’ll deep dive into how the Migration Acceleration Program helps organizations achieving their business goals and how to start the migration journey! And focus on AWS tools and services you need to easily collect, store, process, and analyze data in real-time, enabling you to make informed decisions faster than ever before.

Free online event.

All Talks will be in English


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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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