About This Guide

This document is intended for system administrators and gives information about installing, configuring, tuning, and troubleshooting OpenGL Vizserver. Using OpenGL Vizserver, you can run graphics applications on another system and OpenGL Vizserver serves the resulting graphics to your client machine. You can also use OpenGL Vizserver in conjunction with other products like QuickTransit for Silicon Graphics. QuickTransit allows you to transparently run applications compiled for IRIX MIPS platforms. Hence, QuickTransit greatly augments the number of applications you can run on Silicon Graphics Prism servers.

System Requirements

OpenGL Vizserver consists of client and server modules.

The OpenGL Vizserver server module requires one of the following system types:

  • SGI Onyx 3000 series with InfiniteReality3 or InfiniteReality4 graphics

  • SGI Onyx 3000 series with InfinitePerformance graphics

  • SGI Onyx 300 systems with InfinitePerformance graphics

  • SGI Onyx 300 systems with InfiniteReality3 or InfiniteReality4 graphics

  • SGI Onyx 350 systems with InfinitePerformance graphics

  • SGI Onyx 350 systems with InfiniteReality3 or InfiniteReality4 graphics

  • Silicon Graphics Onyx2 systems with InfiniteReality2, InfiniteReality3, or InfiniteReality4 graphics

  • Silicon Graphics Octane or Octane2 systems

  • Silicon Graphics Onyx4 UltimateVision systems

  • Silicon Graphics Fuel systems

  • Silicon Graphics Tezro systems

  • Silicon Graphics Prism systems

A server module must have one of the following operating systems installed:

  • SGI ProPack for Silicon Graphics Prism platforms

  • IRIX 6.5.11 or later for other platforms

OpenGL Vizserver supports clients running the following software platforms:

  • IRIX 6.5.11 or later

  • Red Hat Linux 8 or later

  • SUSE LINUX 9 or later

  • Fedora Core 2 or later

  • SGI ProPack

  • Solaris 2.6 or later

  • Windows NT 4.0 , Windows 2000, and Windows XP

  • Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later

Related Publications

The following documents contain additional information that may be helpful:

  • SGI OpenGL Vizserver User's Guide

  • Performance Co-Pilot User's and Administrator's Guide

  • IRIX Admin: Networking and Mail

  • IRIX Admin: Software Iinstallation and Licensing

  • SGI ProPack for Linux Start Here

  • SGI Scalable Graphics Compositor User's Guide

  • Silicon Graphics Scalable Graphics Capture PCI-X Option User's Guide

Obtaining Publications

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  • See the SGI Technical Publications Library at http://docs.sgi.com . Various formats are available. This library contains the most recent and most comprehensive set of online books, release notes, man pages, and other information.

  • If it is installed on your SGI system, you can use InfoSearch, an online tool that provides a more limited set of online books, release notes, and man pages. With an IRIX system, select Help from the Toolchest, and then select InfoSearch. Or you can type infosearch on a command line.

  • On IRIX, you can also view release notes by typing either grelnotes or relnotes on a command line.

  • You can also view man pages by typing man <title> on a command line.


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