Amazon Web Services Awards EC2 Spot Instances Users
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recognized innovative users of its AWS Spot Instances in the first annual Spotathon competition.Amazon Web Services recently awarded prizes for innovative use of its Spot Instances, which are excess instances of the company's industry-leading Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud computing capacity. PiCloud and Princeton Consultants won the grand prize and runner-up awards for their use of AWS Spot Instances in the first annual Spotathon, said Stephen Elliott, senior product manager on the Amazon EC2 team, in a recent blog post. Amazon Web Services (AWS) recognized the winners at its re:Invent conference. Spotathon is a contest to find the most innovative applications that leverage Amazon Web Services Spot Instances and help small companies achieve massive scale and save time and money. Spot Instances is a real-time market in which users bid for spare Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) computing capacity. PiCloud's platform as a service for high-performance computing (HPC), batch processing and scientific computing took the grand prize of $2,500 in AWS credit in the Spotathon. PiCloud provides high-level APIs that scientists and engineers can use to submit units of computational work—like finding nucleotide sequences in a genome, conducting oil and gas geophysics simulations, or doing financial risk analytics—rather than provisioning, administering and tearing down instances themselves, Elliott said.
"By running 85% on Spot Instances, PiCloud provisions 50% more servers at the same cost, improves its customers' experience by delivering results 33% faster, and saves 65% over the On-Demand price," Elliott said in his post. "PiCloud has served thousands of researchers who have collectively processed over 100 million jobs, and is exemplary in how it uses AWS and Spot Instances to reduce researchers' 'time to science.'"