AWS Graviton2 64 vCPU Arm CPU Heightens War of Intel Betrayal

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gigatexal

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Even if this never happens to move the needle it just has to be compelling enough to give them pricing power over intel and amd in case one gains too much on the other and wants to command a premium AWS can just say gen 3 or 4 or x of our graviton chip will do that just fine and threaten to walk away from already (likely) substantial bulk discounts on processors and such. Super solid move from AWS
 

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what other company do you know of which constantly lowering it's services prices while staying highly profitable?
Furthering vertical integration with in-house CPU is a very complex but logical step towards this goal. 40% improvement from a 1st gen is hardly going to throw a massive (performance) curveball to either Intel nor AMD, but as mentioned 3rd or 4th gen will likely do just that.
 
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Nice but ultimately how well this goes comes down to the wealth of software optimisations for ARM ecosystem compared to x86. Is it there yet or will it still take time ?
It doesn't necessarily mean to replace IaaS day 1, but could probably run some of AWS's own PaaS systems.
 

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It doesn't necessarily mean to replace IaaS day 1, but could probably run some of AWS's own PaaS systems.
Exactly what they are doing.
Based on these results, we are planning to use these instances to power Amazon EMR, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon ElastiCache, and other AWS services.
The performance improvements quoted were compared to the M5 instances, not A1. M5 is quoted as "up to 3.1 GHz Intel Xeon® Platinum 8175" and these new processors are the first M6 instances announced. If they're competitive with Skylake Xeons, I wonder if all of their PaaS services will eventually adopt these new processors.