HPC Cloud Updates WE 19 May 2024

Updates to AWS, Azure & GCP in the last week relevant for HPC practitioners

HPC Cloud Updates WE 19 May 2024


AWS’ own announcement on the launch of HPSF

Announcing the High Performance Software Foundation (HPSF) | Amazon Web Services
We’re excited to share how we’re involved in launching the High Performance Software Foundation to increase access to and adoption of HPC. By bringing together key players to collaborate, we can lower barriers and accelerate development of portable HPC software stacks.

New c7i-flex VM types. Usually flex instances aren’t of particular interest to HPC workloads but sometime, especially on spot pricing, they can work out as a cheaper alternative

New compute-optimized (C7i-flex) Amazon EC2 Flex instances | Amazon Web Services
The vast majority of applications don’t run run the CPU flat-out at 100% utilization continuously. Take a web application, for instance. It typically fluctuates between periods of high and low demand, but hardly ever uses a server’s compute at full capacity. CPU utilization for many common workloads that customers run in the AWS Cloud today. […]

Application load balancers finally support IPv6 so you can stop paying for those IPv4 addresses

Application Load Balancer launches IPv6 only support for internet clients

m7gd VM types now available in Sao Paolo

Amazon EC2 M7gd instances are now available in South America (Sao Paulo) region

m6id VM types available in London

Amazon EC2 M6id instances are now available in Europe (London) region

S3 no longer charges for HTTP error codes! Big news if you’ve been following this story

Amazon S3 will no longer charge for several HTTP error codes


Azure compute reservation planned end date extended

The availability of Azure compute reservations will continue until further notice | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure
Initially planned to end on January 1, 2024, the availability of Azure compute reservation exchanges for Azure Virtual Machine, Azure Dedicated Host and Azure App Service has been extended until further notice.

Azure ExpressRoute Gateway Migration now GA

General availability: ExpressRoute Seamless Gateway Migration | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure
ExpressRoute customers can now deploy a second gateway to the Gateway Subnet. This will enable a seamless migration to an Az-enabled Gateway SKU and upgrade your Public IP configurations.

Ubuntu 24.04 is GA

Generally Available: Ubuntu 24.04 LTS for Azure Virtual Machines | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure
Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, the latest Ubuntu LTS release from Canonical, is now available for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)


Cloud CISO perspectives from GCP and RSA

Cloud CISO Perspectives: What you missed at Phil and Kevin’s RSA Conference fireside chat | Google Cloud Blog
From AI hype to why CISOs matter to the value of nation-state threat intel, CISO Phil Venables revisits his fireside chat with Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia.

I’d give you more of an update but I can’t seem to persuade GCP’s release notes to show me anything past 2nd May… If that changes I’ll update this