New – Amazon EC2 Hpc6a Instance Optimized for High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing (HPC) allows scientists and engineers to solve complex, compute-intensive problems such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), weather forecasting, and genomics. HPC applications typically require instances with high memory bandwidth, a low latency, high bandwidth network interconnect and access to a fast parallel file system. Many customers have turned to AWS to run their HPC workloads. For example, Descartes Labs used AWS to power a TOP500 LINPACK benchmarking (the most powerful commercially available computer systems) run that delivered 1.93 PFLOPS, landing at position 136 on the TOP500 list in June 2019. That run made use of 41,472 cores on a cluster of Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Last year Descartes Labs ran the LINPACK benchmark again and placed within…

New – FreeRTOS Extended Maintenance Plan for Up to 10 Years

Last AWS re:Invent 2020, we announced FreeRTOS Long Term Support (LTS) that offers a more stable foundation than standard releases, as manufacturers deploy and later update devices in the field. FreeRTOS is an open source, real-time operating system for microcontrollers that makes small, low-power edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and manage. In 2021, FreeRTOS LTS released 202012.01 to include AWS IoT Over-the-Air (OTA) update, AWS IoT Device Defender, and AWS IoT Jobs libraries that provides feature stability, security patches, and critical bug fixes for the next two years. Today, I am happy to announce FreeRTOS Extended Maintenance Plan (EMP), which allows embedded developers to receive critical bug fixes and security patches on their chosen FreeRTOS LTS version…

AWS Shield Advanced Update – Automatic Application Layer DDoS Mitigation

In 2016, we launched AWS Shield, a managed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection service that safeguards applications running on AWS. AWS Shield provides always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations that minimize application downtime and latency without needing to contact AWS Support. There are two tiers of AWS Shield: Standard and Advanced. All AWS customers benefit from the automatic network layer protections of AWS Shield Standard and at no cost. AWS Shield Standard defends against the most common, frequently occurring network and transport layer (Layer 3 and 4) DDoS attacks to maximize the availability of AWS services. For customized protection against sophisticated (Layer 3 to 7) threats targeting your applications, you can subscribe to AWS Shield Advanced. AWS Shield Advanced…

New – Amazon RDS Custom for SQL Server Is Generally Available

On October 26, 2021, we launched Amazon RDS Custom for Oracle, a managed database service for applications that require customization of the underlying operating system and database environment. RDS Custom lets you access and customize your database server host and operating system, for example, by applying special patches and changing the database software settings to support third-party applications that require privileged access. Today, I am happy to announce the general availability of Amazon RDS Custom for SQL Server to support applications that have dependencies on specific configurations and third-party applications that require customizations in corporate, e-commerce, and content management systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint. With RDS Custom for SQL Server, you can enable features that require elevated privileges like SQL…