AWS machine learning VMs go faster, but not forward

Amazon Web Services has unveiled a new generation of GPU-powered cloud computing instances aimed squarely at customers running machine learning applications.

The P2’s a major step up from the previous generation of GPU-powered AWS instances, and it has plenty of memory to burn. But it’s been built with an earlier generation of GPU, meaning it’s less suited for the bleeding-edge machine learning work that needs the most recent advances in GPU technology.

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The prior variety of AWS instances with GPUs, the G2, maxed out at four GPUs with 4GB of video RAM and 80GB of system memory per instance. Amazon is currently billing the G2 as being suitable for “graphics-intensive applications,” rather than machine learning specifically.

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