Two new compute-intensive virtual machine instances have been added on Windows Azure over the weekend.
|Cloud Services A8||8 virtual cores,
56 GB memory
|$ 2.45 per hour|
|Cloud Services A9||16 virtual cores,
|$ 4.90 per hour|
A8 and A9 belong to a new category of instances called compute-intensive instances that provide faster processors and more virtual cores for higher compute power, larger amounts of memory, and a 40 Gbit/s InfiniBand network that includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology for maximum efficiency of parallel Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications.
Compute-intensive instances are optimal for running compute and network-intensive applications such as high-performance cluster applications, applications using modeling, simulation and analysis, and video encoding. Please consider using the new A8 and A9 instances for running your compute and network-intensive applications.