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Amazon's Virtual Supercomputer Ranks 42 on Most Powerful List

Dec 27 2011, 1:33pm CST | by , in News | Computer Hardware

Amazon's Virtual Supercomputer Ranks 42 on Most Powerful List
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Fastest supercomputer to never exist!

Amazon is one of the biggest players in the cloud computing industry with servers all around the world to support its massive cloud. The company has found itself ranked on the latest list of the fastest supercomputers in the world and the Amazon supercomputer doesn't actually exist. Amazons performance monster is deployed on demand rather than living in a lab somewhere inside a bunch of racks.

The virtual machine still has processing cores, but those cores alone are not supercomputer material. The key difference is that the Amazon supercomputer runs in a virtual layer. The machine is also much cheaper than a normal installed supercomputer. Amazon rolled out a SC deployment for a pharmaceutical firm with 30,000 cores.

That computer cost $1,279 per hour to run, which is much, much cheaper than a normal supercomputer. The Amazon cloud lets the user pay for whatever supercomputer power is needed be it 10,000 cores, 20,000 cores, or more.

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