Amazon Web Services adopts Nvidia GRID for cloud rendering


— 9:11 AM on November 6, 2013

Less than a year after its unveiling, Nvidia's GRID cloud gaming platform has been adopted by none other than Amazon. According to the official press release from Nvidia, Amazon Web Services now serves up GRID-powered GPU acceleration through a new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G2 instance.

The Nvidia announcement is a little light on specifics, but plenty of those can be found on the official Amazon Web Services Blog—including a list of specs for the "g2.2xlarge" instance...

  • NVIDIA GRID™ (GK104 "Kepler") GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), 1,536 CUDA cores and 4 GB of video (frame buffer) RAM.
  • Intel Sandy Bridge processor running at 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost enabled, 8 vCPUs (Virtual CPUs).
  • 15 GiB of RAM.
  • 60 GB of SSD storage.

...and an extensive list of third-party apps that will make use of it:

  • Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Maya, and 3ds Max 3D design tools can now be accessed from a web browser. Developers can now access full-fledged 3D design, engineering, and entertainment work without the need for a top-end desktop computer (this is an industry first!).
  • OTOY's ORBX.js is a pure JavaScript framework that allows you to stream 3D application to thin clients and to any HTML5 browser without plug-ins, codecs, or client-side software installation.
  • The Agawi True Cloud application streaming platform now takes advantage of the g2 instance type. It can be used to stream graphically rich, interactive applications to mobile devices.
  • The Playcast Media AAA cloud gaming service has been deployed to a fleet of g2 instances and will soon be used to stream video games for consumer-facing media brands.
  • The Calgary Scientific ResolutionMD application for visualization of medical imaging data can now be run on g2 instances.  The PureWeb SDK can be used to build applications that run on g2 instances and render on any mobile device.

The blog post also has some interesting tidbits about how GPUs work in the cloud, and how developers can tap into all this. You can read the whole thing here.

According to Nvidia, the Amazon Web Services G2 instance is available "starting today."

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