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Apple retiring PowerPC-based Xserve Cluster system

Computer maker is phasing out Xserve G5 Cluster Node as it moves server line to Intel chips.

A correction was made to this story. Read below for details.

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.


Correction: Due to incorrect information provided by an Apple representative, this story incorrectly described Apple's plans to introduce a Xeon-based Xserve Cluster Node. Apple plans to ship its mainstream Xeon-based Xserve in October, but hasn't announced plans for a Xeon-based Xserve Cluster Node product. Apple would not confirm or deny whether it planned to release such a product.