WWDC 2006: “Where is our Steve?” and Xserve

At WWDC 2006, held in August at the Moscone West in San Francisco, there was a lot except for the Mac Pro – I promised to tell you about this another time, and now the time had come. The main impression from the WWDC 2006 – “where’s Steve?”. Come to the show beloved actor was disappointed. Or alarmed. Steve was not like before.

He hasn’t played any of the presentation, inviting for this is Phil Schiller, Bertrand Serlet (who led the development of Mac OS X), and looked tired. Many attributed this to postponed them for two years before that operation. Now that it is no longer a mystery, we can only confirm that everything was even worse: the operation was successful, but did it later than required. Now, the complications began.

In January of the following year, one of the most important presentations of his life, he will spend himself. And not just her. He did and did what he was contraindicated and forbidden, but apart from him no one could guarantee Apple 10-20 years fantastic take-off without him.

In fact, the main theme of this text – the Xserve. Intel Xserve were announced at WWDC 2006, his appearance on the shelves of the online store (and in the constructor of the clusters) was scheduled for October. Xserve set point in the transition of Macs to Intel, but…

All-about-everything concerning Xserve was given three and a half minutes. Between the Mac Pro and intermediate demonstration of the following Mac OS X Leopard. And once it became the main theme of MacWorld Expo…

This is the third part of a series about the Xserve, previous parts can be found here:

The first part: the Supercomputer from Apple;
Second part: Xserve G5: the “Pupae butterflies”.

A year and 8 months to WWDC 2006

Before moving on to Xserve Xeon (XX!!!), talk about the last modification at the beginning of 2005, when all versions of Xserve G5 with two PowerPC 970fx processors with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz was replaced by the PowerPC 970fx with a clock frequency of 2.3 GHz.

Everything else remains unchanged. Even the model ID: RackMac3,1.

If Geekbench 2(32) DP of 2.0 in standard and cluster versions 1 gained 620 points in Geekbench 2(64) – 1 943, the same options DP 2.3 in Geekbench 2(32) has already scored 2 063 points, and Geekbench 2(64) – 2 190. In the 32-bit performance tests have grown in 1.3 times, in 64-bit 1.1 times.

The price is also not changed: 3 999 dollars for a regular Xserve, and 2 999 $ for his option for clusters.

Xserve G5/2,3 DP Xserve G5/a 2.3 DP Cluster Node and a variant of the Xserve G5/2.0 to SP (SP is a Single Processor) were sold until November 2006, without any changes – even when going to replace them on Xserve Intel Xeon processors have already been announced. Data on sales volumes I have, they do not advertise – not iPod.

With 2-core PowerPC 970mp, eagerly converts energy into heat, were not binding.

Xserve Xeon Processors Of 2.66 “Quad Core” (Late 2006)

This time everything has changed: the model ID (it was not “Mac rack” and just Xserve1,1), processors, and their number. The industry’s best ratio between price and performance, manageability, performance increased “more than five times” compared to the previous model (according to the test results SPECint and SPECfp)…

PCI Express, two independent front system bus (number of CPUs) with a clock frequency of 1 333 MHz the second level cache 4 MB in each processor, SATA 2 or SAS hard disks can be connected. More than a million configurations.

Press releases from Apple different and different style and grace of style.

Between the lines: a return to traditional application servers from Apple. If the company still seriously engaged in this direction, I think she might have a chance. But with ambition was over.

Within a couple of hundred meters from the team Xserve has “ripened” killer Apple Computer (less than a year, the company has become “just Apple”), and you know who he was. Maybe you’re reading this opus on one of his incarnations…

But in a professional online store is a Ghost shop Dell. Which was developed by engineers at NeXT and was recognized as the best in the late 90s. On display only one model of the new Xserve: Xserve Xeon processors of 2.66 “Quad Core”. Possible configurations over a million.

One of the options – pair 2-core Intel Xeon processors. The same as in the Mac Pro. In the basic configuration 2 2-core Dual Core Xeon 5150 processor with a clock frequency of 2.66 GHz. Options – Dual Core Xeon 5130 2.0 GHz GHz Dual Core Xeon 5160 with 3.0 GHz. Which are, respectively, $ 300 cheaper and $ 800 more expensive than the basic version.

Type of RAM – DDR2 PC5300 ECC (error correcting!) 667 MHz FB-DIMMs like the Mac Pro. The basic kit was installed 1 GB of such memory. 8 slots, up to 16 GB.

In the basic configuration included:
the drive capacity of 80 GB, SATA 2 (3.0 Gigabits/s, 7 200 rpm);
video card ATI Radeon X1300 with 64MB of GDDR3 SDRAM (enough to connect a 23-inch Apple Cinema Display);
24x Combo (optical drive).

2 USB 2.0, 2 FW 800, 1 FW 400, 2 Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Base-T).

AirPort and Bluetooth are not supported.

Cost of base configuration is 2 999 USD.

In the list of options – additional graphics card ATI Radeon X1300 with 256 MB DDR2 and dual-link DVI, 8x DL SuperDrive, a wide range of SATA drives (at 7200 rpm) SAS drives (15,000 rpm).

A special version for clusters was not. The tale came to an end, clusters, Apple never managed to get into the TOP 100 supercomputers in the world, which is a pity.

Own Xserve I never had, and to cross-check published data by other people I can’t. Results Geekbench 2 (64) for the basic configuration could not be found.

Those that have, enough to make conclusions:
Xserve 2.0 GHz Quad Core in Geekbench 2 (32) 3 scored 946 points in Geekbench 2 (64) – 4292. Compared to the Xserve G5/2,3 DP (2 063 2 and 190) is more than 1.9 and 2.0 times.

Xserve Quad Core 2.66 GHz: Geekbench 2 (32) scored 5 236 points in Geekbench 2 (64) is UNKNOWN. Compared to the Xserve G5/2,3 DP (2 063) is 2.5 times larger. Most likely, Geekbench 2 (64) new Xserve would have surpassed his ancestor 2.6 times.

Xserve 2.0 GHz Quad Core in Geekbench 2 (32) scored 5 803 points in Geekbench 2 (64) – 6730. Compared to the Xserve G5/2,3 DP (2 063 2 and 190) this is more in the 2.8 and 3.1 times.

The Xserve story does not end there.

To be continued

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