This guide presents the information system support engineers ( SSEs), site personnel, and other interested parties need to know in order to prepare a customer site for the arrival of a Silicon Graphics O2 or Octane workstation, an SGI Origin200 server, Origin Vault expansion unit, Origin2000 server, or SGI 2000-series server, or a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 system.
In this guide, the term “ SGI 2000-series” is used to refer to SGI Origin2000, SGI 2100, SGI 2200, SGI 2400, and SGI 2800 server systems.
This guide contains the following sections:
This sectionAbout This Guide, describes the purpose of the guide, gives an overview of the guide's structure, outlines the SGI product line, tells where to find related documents that may be helpful during site preparation and system installation, and gives contact information.
Chapter 1, “Planning the Installation”, details the planning process recommended to ensure a smooth system installation and provides a checklist to ensure that essential tasks are completed.
Chapter 2, “Site Preparation Concepts”, provides background information helpful in the planning process and addresses issues common to all SGI chassis.
Chapter 3, “Site Preparation for O2 Systems”, contains information about selecting a location for a Silicon Graphics O2 system and provides detailed specifications for the chassis.
Chapter 4, “Site Preparation for Octane”, contains information about selecting a location for a Silicon Graphics Octane system and provides detailed specifications for the chassis.
Chapter 5, “Site Preparation for Origin200 and Origin Vault”, contains information about selecting a location for an SGI Origin200 system or Origin Vault peripheral unit and provides detailed specifications for both chassis.
Chapter 6, “Site Preparation for SGI 2000-Series and Onyx2 Base Modules and Deskside Systems”, contains information about selecting a location for an SGI 2000-series or Onyx2 base module or deskside and provides detailed specifications for both chassis.
Chapter 7, “Site Preparation for Onyx2 Graphics Insert Modules”, contains information about selecting a location for a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Graphics Insert Module (an expansion chassis used only in Onyx2 rack systems) and provides detailed specifications for the module.
Chapter 8, “Site Preparation for SGI 2000-series, Origin Peripherals, and Onyx2 Rack Chassis”, contains information about selecting a location for an SGI 2000-series, Origin Peripheral, or Onyx2 rack-chassis system and provides detailed specifications for single- and multi-rack installations.
Appendix A, “Site Preparation for External Peripherals”, details the site-preparation considerations for the external peripherals used with the systems described in this guide.
Appendix B, “Site Power and Power Cables”, provides information about site wiring and chassis power cables for the systems described in this guide.
Appendix C, “Safety and Protection Equipment”, provides information and recommendations about safety and protection equipment for use with systems described in this guide.
An index completes this guide.
This book addresses SGI 2000-series, Origin Peripheral, and Onyx2 rack systems, SGI 2000-series and Onyx2 deskside systems, Origin200 and Origin Vault tower systems, Octane workstations, and O2 workstations, each in its own chapter. The beginning of each of these chapters contains information common to all chassis within that family. The subsequent subsections provide information for each variant of that chassis.
Use the information in the chassis-specific chapters in conjunction with that in Chapter 2, “Site Preparation Concepts” and in the appendices.
This document covers the following SGI chassis families:
SGI 2000-series and Onyx2 rack chassis—These systems use the SGI 2000-series base modules and the Onyx2 graphics insert modules, both described below. Available in configurations containing from one rack to eight or more racks, these are highly powerful, highly expandable systems.
SGI 2000-series and Onyx2 base module—Sometimes called the deskside chassis, this is the “little sibling” to the rack systems. While using the same powerful subsystems as the rack chassis, the deskside chassis is smaller, lighter, easier to transport, and lower in cost.
Onyx2 graphics insert module—A rack-mounted expansion chassis designed to hold graphics boards and to be connected to an SGI 2000-series base module.
Origin200—A server system optimized for small- to medium-sized enterprise file-serving, compute-serving, and Web-serving tasks. The Origin200 chassis is also used for the Origin Vault, a storage expansion unit.
Octane—A powerful, graphics-intensive workstation, the Octane is designed for the most complex graphics tasks.
O2—An affordable, high-performance workstation, suitable for many of today's demanding tasks.
Additional documentation, which may be helpful during and after the installation process, is available from the SGI Technical Publications Library:
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