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Instance Types

Learn about the full range of AWS and Azure instance types available on the DNAnexus Platform.

About Instance Types

Availability

This page provides a complete list of the AWS and Azure instance types that are available for use on the DNAnexus Platform.
Not all instance types are accessible to all customers. If you want to use an instance type listed here, but cannot access it when running an analysis, contact DNAnexus Support.
A list of instance types to which you have access is available via the command-line interface (CLI), by entering the command dx run --instance-type-help. When using the user interface (UI) to configure a tool to run an analysis, you can see this list in the Stage Settings pane of the Run Analysis screen.

GPU Instance Types

AWS and Azure GPU instance types are available for use on the Platform. See the full list below.

FPGA Instance Types

AWS FPGA instance types are available for use on the Platform. See the full list below.

OS Support

Ubuntu Linux 22.04 is supported on all instance types in all regions.

Resource Usage

When using any instance, note that some of the resources on that instance will be used by the Platform, to run processes that support your job and provide API services. Around 5% of the available storage, for example, will be used by the Platform; your job's virtual file system will be able to use the remainder as local scratch space. Some amount of available memory will also be used by the Platform.

New Versions of Existing Instance Types

DNAnexus regularly adds new versions of existing instance types, as AWS and Azure make them available. These new versions feature better hardware, such as a more powerful CPU, more memory, more local storage, or some combination of these elements.
On the Platform, each new instance type version has a version infix, such as _v2, in its name, to distinguish it from the original version of that instance type. See the Instance Names section for more information on version infixes.
While the latest version will deliver better performance, DNAnexus, as a rule, makes both the original and updated version of instance types available. So, for example, you can access both mem1_ssd1_x8 and mem1_ssd1_v2_x8. See the full list of available instance types for more information.

Instance Type Names

With the exception of GPU and FPGA instance types, instance type names are constructed according to the following scheme:
Cloud provider prefix
Memory infix
Storage infix
Version infix
Core suffix
(AWS)
azure:
(Azure)
+
mem1_
(<=2GB/core)
mem2_
(~4GB/core)
mem3_
(>=7GB/core)
mem4_
(~14GB/core)
mem5_
(~28GB/core)
+
ssd1_
(<=20GB/core)
ssd2_
(~32GB-128GB/core)
ssd3_
(>600GB/core)
hdd2_
(>100GB/core)
+
(version1)
v2_
(version2)
+
x1
x2
x4
x8
x16
x20
x32
x36
x40
x48
x64
x96
x128
Cloud provider prefix: Denotes the cloud provider.
Memory infix: Denotes the memory capacity (per core).
Storage infix: Denotes the local storage technology and capacity (per core). ssd represents a solid-state drive, whereas hdd represents a regular hard disk drive.
Version infix (optional): Denotes the version of the instance type.
Core suffix: Denotes the number of cores.
For example, mem1_ssd1_v2_x8 is the second version of an instance type available on AWS, featuring 8 cores, 16GB of memory (2GB/core), and 160GB of solid-state drive storage (20GB/core). Similarly, azure:mem1_ssd1_x8 is an instance type available on Azure, featuring 8 cores, 15.7GB of memory (~1.9GB/core), and 128GB of solid-state drive storage (16GB/core).
Not all name combinations are available as instance types. See the Available Instance Types section for full detail on available instance types.

GPU and FPGA Instance Type Names

GPU and FPGA instance type names following the schema described above, but with the inclusion of an additional infix. This infix is included before the version suffix, and provides information on the instance type (GPU or FPGA). Many such infixes also include a number, indicating the number of GPUs or FPGA included in the instance.
For example, the AWS FPGA instance typemem3_ssd2_fpga1_x8 includes 1 FPGA. The AWS GPU instance type mem2_ssd1_gpu4_x48, meanwhile, includes 4 GPUs.
For more information, see the detailed lists of GPU instances types and FPGA instances types.

Available Instance Types

Standard AWS Instance Types

Instance Type
Cores
Memory (GB)
Storage (GB)
mem1_hdd1_x2
2
3.75
200
mem1_hdd1_x4
4
7.5
400
mem1_hdd1_x8
8
15
800
mem1_hdd1_x16
16
30
1600
mem1_hdd1_x36
36
60
3200
mem1_hdd1_v2_x2
2
4
200
mem1_hdd1_v2_x4
4
8
400
mem1_hdd1_v2_x8
8
16
800
mem1_hdd1_v2_x16
16
32
1600
mem1_hdd1_v2_x36
36
72
3600
mem1_hdd1_v2_x72
72
144
7200
mem1_hdd1_v2_x96
96
192
9600
mem1_ssd1_x2
2
3.8
40
mem1_ssd1_x4
4
7.5
80
mem1_ssd1_x8
8
15
160
mem1_ssd1_x16
16
30
320
mem1_ssd1_x32
32
60
640
mem1_ssd1_x36
36
72
900
mem1_ssd1_v2_x2
2
4
50
mem1_ssd1_v2_x4
4
8
100
mem1_ssd1_v2_x8
8
16
200
mem1_ssd1_v2_x16
16
32
400
mem1_ssd1_v2_x36
36
72
900
mem1_ssd1_v2_x72
72
144
1,800
mem1_ssd2_x2
2
3.8
160
mem1_ssd2_x4
4
7.5
320
mem1_ssd2_x8
8
15
640
mem1_ssd2_x16
16
30
1,280
mem1_ssd2_x36
36
60
2,880
mem1_ssd2_v2_x2
2
4
160
mem1_ssd2_v2_x4
4
8
320
mem1_ssd2_v2_x8
8
16
640
mem1_ssd2_v2_x16
16
32
1,280
mem1_ssd2_v2_x36
36
72
2,880
mem1_ssd2_v2_x72
72
144
5,760
mem1_hdd2_x1
1
1.7
160
mem1_hdd2_x8
8
7
1,680
mem1_hdd2_x32
32
60.5
3,360
mem2_ssd1_x2
2
7.5
40
mem2_ssd1_x4
4
15
80
mem2_ssd1_x8
8
30
160
mem2_ssd1_v2_x2
2
8
75
mem2_ssd1_v2_x4
4
16
150
mem2_ssd1_v2_x8
8
32
300
mem2_ssd1_v2_x16
16
64
600
mem2_ssd1_v2_x32
32
128
1,200
mem2_ssd1_v2_x48
48
192
1,800
mem2_ssd1_v2_x64
64
256
2,400
mem2_ssd1_v2_x96
96
384
3,600
mem2_ssd2_x2
2
8
160
mem2_ssd2_x4
4
16
320
mem2_ssd2_x8
8
32
1280
mem2_ssd2_x16
16
64
2560
mem2_ssd2_x40
40
160
3200
mem2_ssd2_x64
64
256
5120
mem2_ssd2_v2_x2
2
8
160
mem2_ssd2_v2_x4
4
16
320
mem2_ssd2_v2_x8
8
32
640
mem2_ssd2_v2_x16
16
64
1280
mem2_ssd2_v2_x32
32
128
2560
mem2_ssd2_v2_x48
48
192
3840
mem2_ssd2_v2_x64
64
256
5120
mem2_ssd2_v2_x96
96
384
7480
mem2_hdd2_x1
1
3.8
410
mem2_hdd2_x2
2
7.5
840
mem2_hdd2_x4
4
15
1,680
mem2_hdd2_v2_x2
2
8
1,000
mem2_hdd2_v2_x4
4
16
2,000
mem3_ssd1_x2
2
15
40
mem3_ssd1_x4
4
30.5
80
mem3_ssd1_x8
8
61
160
mem3_ssd1_x16
16
122
320
mem3_ssd1_x32
32
244
640
mem3_ssd1_v2_x2
2
16
75
mem3_ssd1_v2_x4
4
32
150
mem3_ssd1_v2_x8
8
64
300
mem3_ssd1_v2_x16
16
128
600
mem3_ssd1_v2_x32
32
256
1,200
mem3_ssd1_v2_x48
48
384
1,800
mem3_ssd1_v2_x64
64
512
3,200
mem3_ssd1_v2_x96
96
768
3,600
mem3_ssd2_x4
4
30.5
800
mem3_ssd2_x8
8
61
1,600
mem3_ssd2_x16
16
122
3,200
mem3_ssd2_x32
32
244
6,400
mem3_ssd2_v2_x2
2
15.25
475
mem3_ssd2_v2_x4
4
30.5
950
mem3_ssd2_v2_x8
8
61
1,900
mem3_ssd2_v2_x16
16
122
3,800
mem3_ssd2_v2_x32
32
244
7,600
mem3_ssd2_v2_x64
64
488
15,200
mem3_ssd3_x2
2
16
1,250
mem3_ssd3_x4
4
32
2,500
mem3_ssd3_x8
8
64
5,000
mem3_ssd3_x12
12
96
7,500
mem3_ssd3_x24
24
192
15,000
mem3_ssd3_x48
48
384
30,000
mem3_ssd3_x96
96
768
60,000
mem3_hdd2_x2
2
17.1
420
mem3_hdd2_x4
4
34.2
850
mem3_hdd2_x8
8
68.4
1,680
mem3_hdd2_v2_x2
2
16
500
mem3_hdd2_v2_x4
4
32
1,000
mem3_hdd2_v2_x8
8
64
2,000
mem4_ssd1_x128
128
1,952
3,840

Standard Azure Instance Types

Instance Type
Cores
Memory (GB)
Storage (GB)
azure:mem1_ssd1_x2
2
3.9
32
azure:mem1_ssd1_x4
4
7.8
64
azure:mem1_ssd1_x8
8
15.7
128
azure:mem1_ssd1_x16
16
31.4
254
azure:mem2_ssd1_x1
1
3.5
128
azure:mem2_ssd1_x2
2
7
128
azure:mem2_ssd1_x4
4
14
128
azure:mem2_ssd1_x8
8
28
256
azure:mem2_ssd1_x16
16
56
512
azure:mem3_ssd1_x2
2
14
128
azure:mem3_ssd1_x4
4
28
128
azure:mem3_ssd1_x8
8
56
256
azure:mem3_ssd1_x16
16
112
512
azure:mem3_ssd1_x20
20
140
640
azure:mem4_ssd1_x2
2
28
128
azure:mem4_ssd1_x4
4
56
128
azure:mem4_ssd1_x8
8
112
256
azure:mem4_ssd1_x16
16
224
512
azure:mem4_ssd1_x32
32
448
1024
azure:mem5_ssd2_x64*
64
1,792
8,192
azure:mem5_ssd2_x128*
128
3,892
16,384
* - These high memory instance types are expensive, use them with caution.

GPU Instance Types

The following table shows all the GPU instance types available on AWS and Azure.
Instance Type
GPU
Cores
Memory (GB)
Storage (GB)
mem1_ssd1_gpu2_x8
2
8
15
60
mem1_ssd1_gpu2_x32
4
32
60
240
mem2_ssd1_gpu_x16
1
16
64
225
mem2_ssd1_gpu_x32
1
32
128
900
mem2_ssd1_gpu_x48
4
48
192
900
mem2_ssd1_gpu_x64
1
64
256
900
mem2_ssd1_gpu1_x32
1
32
128
900
mem2_ssd1_gpu1_x64
1
64
256
900
mem2_ssd1_gpu4_x48
4
48
192
900
mem3_ssd1_gpu_x8
1
8
61
160
mem3_ssd1_gpu_x32 *
4
32
244
640
mem3_ssd1_gpu_x64 *
8
64
488
1,280
azure:mem3_ssd2_gpu4_x64 *
4
64
488
2,048
* - These GPU instance types are costly to use. Use them with caution.

FPGA Instance Types

The following table shows all the FPGA instance types available on AWS.
Instance Type
FPGA
Cores
Memory (GB)
Storage (GB)
mem3_ssd2_fpga1_x8
1
8
122
470
mem3_ssd2_fpga1_x16
1
16
244
940
mem3_ssd2_fpga1_x64
1
64
976
3760