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What the Heck is this Thing?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by tjwett, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. macrumors 68000


    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?

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  2. macrumors member


    ...it's an airplane hanger, isn't it?
  3. macrumors 6502

    xserve cluster configuration

    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.
  4. macrumors 65816

    They are x-serve clusters.

  5. macrumors 6502


    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.
  6. macrumors 68000


    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.
  7. macrumors 68040



    Ayep! What good is a render farm is your nodes' connections are slow?
  8. macrumors 68000


    kewl. i want one.
  9. macrumors 6502


    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.

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