New Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Options Released

Oracle has announced the general availability of a range of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute options. The options added would provide customers with high compute performance based on Oracle’s recently announced X7 hardware.

Newly enhanced virtual machine (VM) and bare metal dedicated server compute, and new bare metal graphical processing unit (GPU) instances would enable customers to run even the most infrastructure-heavy workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) faster and more cost-effectively.

All of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s new compute instances leverage Intel’s latest Xeon processors based on the Skylake architecture. Oracle’s accelerated bare metal dedicated server shapes are also powered by NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, based on the Pascal architecture. Providing 28 cores, dual 25Gb network interfaces for high-bandwidth requirements and over 18 TFLOPS of single-precision performance per instance, these GPU instances would accelerate computation-heavy use cases such as reservoir modeling, AI, and Deep Learning.

By delivering compute solutions that leverage NVIDIA’s latest technologies, Oracle would be able to dramatically accelerate its customers’ HPC, analytics and AI workloads. “HPC, AI and advanced analytic workloads are defined by an almost insatiable hunger for compute,” said Ian Buck, general manager and vice president of Accelerated Computing, NVIDIA. “To run these compute-intensive workloads, customers require enterprise-class accelerated computing, a need Oracle is addressing by putting NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.”

Up to 512 Terabytes

In addition, Oracle’s new VM standard shape is now available in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 24 cores, while the bare metal dedicated server standard shape offers 52 cores. Combined with its high-scale storage capacity, supporting up to 512 terabytes (TB) of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid state drive (SSD) remote block volumes, these instances would be ideal for traditional enterprise applications that require predictable storage performance.

The Dense I/O shapes are also available in both VM and bare metal dedicated server instances and are optimal for HPC, database applications, and big data workloads. The bare metal Dense I/O shape would be capable of over 3.9 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) for write operations.

Furthermore, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has “simplified” management of virtual machines by offering a Terraform provider for single-click deployment of single or multiple compute instances for clustering. In addition, a Terraform-based Kubernetes installer is available for deployment of highly available, containerized applications.