About this Guide

This guide describes the SGI 10-Gigabit (Gbit) Ethernet network adapter. It operates under the IRIX and SGI ProPack for Linux operating systems, as specified in the operating system release notes. You can use the SGI 10-Gbit Ethernet network adapter in addition to your current adapter.

This guide shows you how to connect the adapter to an Ethernet network and explains how to operate the adapter. Information in the guide applies to both the Release 1 and Release 2 versions of the card; any differences between the cards are noted as needed.


This guide assumes that you have general knowledge of Ethernet networks and the system in which the adapter is installed.

Important Information

Warning: Never look into the end of a fiber optic cable to confirm that light is being emitted (or for any other reason).

Do not use any type of magnifying device, such as a microscope, eye loupe, or magnifying glass. Such activity causes cause a permanent burn on the retina of the eye. Optical signal cannot be determined by looking into the fiber end.

Most fiber optic laser wavelengths (1300 nm and 1550 nm) are invisible to the eye and cause permanent eye damage. Shorter wavelength lasers (for example, 780 nm) are visible and can cause significant eye damage.

Use only an optical power meter to verify light output.

Scope of this Guide

This guide is written to facilitate installation of the adapter and does not cover detailed points of network configuration. It contains the following chapters:

Related Publications

This guide is part of a document set that fully supports the installation, operation, and service of the adapter. For more information about installing and servicing the adapter, see the user's guide for the system in which the adapter is installed.

Also see the following:

Obtaining Publications

You can obtain SGI documentation as follows:

  • 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, enter infosearch at a command line or select Help ->  InfoSearch from the Toolchest.

  • On IRIX systems, you can view release notes by entering either grelnotes or relnotes at a command line.

  • On Linux systems, you can view release notes on your system by accessing the README.txt file for the product. This is usually located in the /usr/share/doc/ productname directory, although file locations may vary.

  • You can view man pages by typing man title at a command line.


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  • If you are in North America, contact the Technical Assistance Center at
    +1 800 800 4SGI or contact your authorized service provider.

  • If you are outside North America, contact the SGI subsidiary or authorized distributor in your country.

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