A2 VMs now GA—the largest GPU cloud instances with NVIDIA A100 GPUsA2 VMs now GA—the largest GPU cloud instances with NVIDIA A100 GPUsProduct ManagerProduct Manager

OTOY is a cloud graphics company, pioneering technology that is redefining content creation and delivery for media and entertainment organizations around the world.

“For nearly a decade we have been pushing the boundary of GPU rendering and cloud computing to get to the point where there are no longer constraints on artistic creativity. With Google Cloud’s NVIDIA A100 instances featuring massive VRAM and the highest OctaneBench ever recorded, we have reached a first for GPU rendering – where artists no longer have to worry about scene complexity when realizing their creative visions. OctaneRender GPU-accelerated rendering democratized visual effects enabling anyone with an NVIDIA GPU to create high-end visual effects on par with a Hollywood studio. Google Cloud’s NVIDIA A100 instances are a major step in further democratizing advanced visual effects, giving any OctaneRender and RNDR users on-demand access to state of the art NVIDIA GPUs previously only available in the biggest Hollywood studios” – Jules Urbach, Founder and CEO, OTOY.

GPU pricing and availability

NVIDIA A100 GPU instances are now available in the following regions: us-central1, asia-southeast1 and europe-west4 with additional regions slated to come online throughout 2021. A2 Compute Engine VMs are available via on-demand, preemptible and committed usage discounts and are also fully supported on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Cloud AI Platform, and other Google Cloud services.  A100 GPUs are available for as little as $0.87 per hour per GPU on our preemptible A2 VMs. You can find full pricing details here

Getting started 

You can get up and running quickly, start training ML models, and serving inference workloads on NVIDIA A100 GPUs with our Deep Learning VM images in any of our available regions. These images include all the software you’ll need: drivers, NVIDIA CUDA-X AI libraries, and popular AI frameworks like TensorFlow and PyTorch. Our pre-built and optimized TensorFlow Enterprise Images also support A100 optimizations for current and older versions of TensorFlow (1.15, 2.1, and 2.3). We handle all software updates, compatibility, and performance optimizations, so you don’t have to think about it. Check out our GPU page to learn more about the wide selection of GPUs available on Google Cloud.