IBM announces Opteron server

IBM has officially thrown at least some of its weight behind AMD's Opteron processor and unveiled a rack-mounted server using AMD's 64-bit chip. The system will be available in dual processor configurations in the second half of this year and is targeted at clustering environments.

It's long been anticipated that IBM would offer an Opteron-based system, but I can't help but notice the impeccable timing of the official announcement. Just days after Apple announces that the new PowerPC G5, which it developed with IBM, is the world's most advanced processor, IBM announces a rack-mount server using AMD's Opteron. Could the Opteron be faster than the PowerPC G5?

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