AWS introduced a new series of high-performance instances. The Amazon EC2 R7iz series is based on Intel Sapphire Rapids processors. AWS designed the systems for processor-heavy applications.

The instances are available with up to 128 virtual CPUs per instance and 1024 GiB of memory per instance. A GiB is slightly larger than a GB. The series includes the tech giant’s first x86 instances with DDR5 memory, network speeds of up to 50 Gbps and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps.

The integrated Intel Sapphire processors support a maximum clock speed of 3.9 GHz when all cores are active. As a result, the instances should deliver more performance per CPU than any other existing Amazon EC2 instance based on Intel processors.

The instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and a lightweight hypervisor. The technology pushes all computing power and memory resources from the host hardware to the instances for better performance and security.

Bare metal

The series includes two bare-metal configurations. According to AWS, the configurations provide more access to the underlying processor and memory resources than standard instances. This can be used to optimize the performance of certain business applications.

The release date of Amazon’s EC2 R7iz instances was not disclosed.

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