View Full Version : What the Heck is this Thing?

Jul 10, 2003, 03:57 AM
did i fall asleep and miss something? this pic is located on the XServe page at Apple's site under the title "Cluster Configuration". i don't recognize it at all. can someone fill me in?

Jul 10, 2003, 04:03 AM
...it's an airplane hanger, isn't it?

Jul 10, 2003, 04:03 AM
yeah, this has been around since the xserve was updated to 1.33 GHz. it's a node that is used in a cluster of xserves.

Jul 10, 2003, 04:04 AM
They are x-serve clusters.


Jul 10, 2003, 04:14 AM
It's a cluster configuration. It's missing the CDRW drive and an ethernet port but has an extra processor instead for the same price.

It's used for Rendering Farms and the like. You would buy 1 standard xServe and then link up more cluster nodes to process information faster for example with Shake or XCode.

Jul 10, 2003, 10:41 AM
thanks guys, i can't believe i missed this thing. if it has no ethernet, what does it use to connect to other machines, say in a render environment? is this where Fiber Channel comes in? thanks again.

Jul 10, 2003, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by tjwett
is this where Fiber Channel comes in? thanks again.


Ayep! What good is a render farm is your nodes' connections are slow?

Jul 10, 2003, 11:08 AM
kewl. i want one.

Jul 18, 2003, 07:13 PM
I didn't mean it had no ethernet port. It has 1 only instead of the 2 on the standard xServe. But yes you would definately link via a 2GB Fibre Channel.