Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now offering NVIDIA GRID technology through its newly announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G2 instance, delivering GPU acceleration to users running graphics-intensive applications and hosting games in the cloud.
This expands the uses of cloud computing from storage, data processing and 2D applications to 3D, fully GPU-accelerated, interactive consumer and professional applications. With NVIDIA GRID GPUs, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies can now build cloud-based offerings with extreme graphics performance for design, visualization, media creation, games and more.
“AWS sees a growing benefit for adding GPUs to our cloud,” said Matt Wood, general manager of Data Science at AWS. “The NVIDIA GRID GPUs in our new G2 instances enable graphical applications to be rendered in the AWS cloud and streamed to a world with increasing internet bandwidth and proliferation of device types.”
Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
Designed for cloud computing, NVIDIA GRID GPUs facilitate a new generation of GPU-accelerated SaaS applications – such as virtual workstations, accelerated virtual desktops and game hosting as-a-service. Based on the NVIDIA Kepler architecture, GRID GPUs include a powerful H.264 encoding engine that lets high-resolution graphics be compressed in real time and streamed to any internet-connected display.
To make it easy for software companies to deploy applications onto G2 instances, OTOY has enabled a Windows- and Linux-based Amazon Machine Image (AMI) with OTOY’s ORBX middleware. SaaS companies can install their applications into OTOY’s AMI and begin streaming to web browsers within minutes.
To demonstrate the potential of app streaming on NVIDIA GRID, OTOY and Autodesk are collaborating on technology that offers Autodesk’s most popular design applications through an OTOY AMI.