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Amazon’s New Chip Moves AWS Into High-Performance Computing

Technology was designed in-house and represents a challenge to partners like Intel and Nvidia.

Conference attendees walk past signage for Amazon Web Services.

Conference attendees walk past signage for Amazon Web Services.

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Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud-computing unit is rolling out new chips designed to power the highest-end of computing, supporting tasks such as weather forecasting and gene sequencing.

Amazon Web Services, the largest provider of over-the-internet computing, on Monday said it would let customers rent computing power that relies on a new version of its Graviton chips. Peter DeSantis, a senior vice president who oversees most of AWS’s engineering teams, said in an interview that the product is a springboard for making what the industry calls high-performance computing more readily available.