Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) can be a cost-effective way to try out cluster computing before investing time and money into equipment and maintenance. In order to make it even easier to get started on Hadoop and parallel computing, we have created Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) which, following the process below, can be used to bring up and start testing a fully-operational Hadoop cluster in a matter of minutes.
Amazon Machine Images are prebuilt virtual machine images specially designed for EC2. They are stored on Amazon’s servers, and can be created, customized, and shared by any EC2 user. Users with access can use them to launch their own instances, running virtual machines over which they have complete control.
As of this writing, we have built the following AMI for creating Hadoop clusters with WebMapReduce (see http://webmapreduce.sf.net/ec2.php for the latest list):
|AMI ID||OS/Architecture||Preloaded Software|
|ami-b07885d9||Ubuntu 10.10 Lucid Server (32-bit)||
|ami-6a7b8603||Ubuntu 10.10 Lucid Server (64-bit)||
Our AMIs come with the following features: