August 16, 2006 3:39 PM PDT
Apple retiring PowerPC-based Xserve Cluster system
SAN FRANCISCO--Apple Computer is retiring its current line of PowerPC-based Xserve Cluster Node computers, a company representative said Wednesday.
Apple is in the process of moving its product line from the PowerPC processor line to Intel's Core and Xeon products. The company said a Xeon-based version of its mainstream server, the Xserve, is due in October.
Less clear is the future of the Xserve Cluster Node products, stripped-down servers that can be networked together to form a high-performance technical computing system. Christina Murray, an Apple representative showing off the company's Xserve products Wednesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, said the PowerPC G5-based cluster model is being phased out.
Apple spokesman Anuj Nayar said Apple hasn't announced a Xeon-based cluster model and wouldn't confirm or deny whether the company planned to release a Xeon-based replacement.
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