EC2’s new vCPU-based on-demand limits

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In an effort to simplify the ec2 limit management experience, AWS recently announced that it was moving on-demand EC2 instance limits away from the existing count-based mechanism, and towards a simplified vCPU-based one.

This is currently ‘opt-in’ as of September 24th, but will be rolled out between October 24th and November 8th.

The vCPU mapping for instance types is available on the instance details page, but here’s how it currently looks.

Instance Size vCPUs
nano 1
micro 1
small 1
medium 1
large 2
xlarge 4
2xlarge 8
3xlarge 12
4xlarge 16
8xlarge 32
9xlarge 36
10xlarge 40
12xlarge 48
16xlarge 64
18xlarge 72
24xlarge 96
32xlarge 128

The default limit for vCPUs will be 1152 for standard types (A, C, D, H, I,M, R, T, Z).

Use your limits in terms of the number of vCPUs for the EC2 instance types to launch any combination of instance types that meet your changing application needs. For example, with a Standard Instance Family limit of 256 vCPUs, you could launch 32 m5.2xlarge instances (32 x 8 vCPUs) or 16 c5.4xlarge instances (16 x 16 vCPUs) or any combination of applicable instance types and sizes that total 256 vCPUs.

I can see this simplifying some workflows and the management of limits. Rather than managing quotas per instance type, we can now manage them per region.

For more details information, check out the announcement post from AWS.