About This Guide

This guide documents the IRISconsole software graphical user interface for a Silicon Graphics OCTANE, O2, or Indy workstation that allows it to control Origin, CHALLENGE, Onyx2, and Onyx systems. The IRISconsole software is included in the base IRISconsole option, which includes any one of the following IRISconsole multiplexers: ST-1600, ST-1616, ST-1620, ST-1032, EL-8, EL-16, or EL-32. Serial cables, which are specific to the type of system controlled, are provided by additional IRISconsole options and complete the IRISconsole package.

The OCTANE, O2, or Indy workstation communicates with the servers through the multiplexer, to which each Origin, CHALLENGE, or Onyx system is connected via a pair of serial cables. Each multiplexer has ports for eight or more Origin, CHALLENGE, and Onyx systems; additional sets of serial cables are available from Silicon Graphics. Optionally, an additional multiplexer can be connected to the workstation to monitor additional servers.

This guide was prepared for release 2.0 of IRISconsole.


This guide is written for system administrators and service personnel who are responsible for the configurations of two or more Origin, CHALLENGE, or Onyx systems that the IRISconsole controls and monitors. These persons can use the IRISconsole software to monitor the attached systems.

Structure of This Document

This guide contains the following chapters and appendixes:

An index completes this guide.

Font Conventions Used in This Guide

These font conventions are used in this guide:


Executable names, filenames, IRIX commands, manual or book titles, new terms, program variables, tools, utilities, variable command line arguments, variable coordinates, and variables to be supplied by the user in examples, code, and syntax statements

Fixed-width type 

Error messages, prompts, and onscreen text

Bold fixed-width type  

User input, including keyboard keys (printing and nonprinting); literals supplied by the user in examples, code, and syntax statements

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