This guide provides an overview of the architecture and descriptions of the major components that compose the SGI® Altix® 3700 Bx2 family of servers. It also provides the standard procedures for powering on and powering off the system, basic troubleshooting information, and important safety and regulatory specifications.
This guide is written for owners, system administrators, and users of SGI Altix 3700 Bx2 series computer systems. It is written with the assumption that the reader has a general knowledge of computers and computer systems.
|Warning: To avoid problems, you must ask your SGI system support engineer (SSE) to perform all the set up, addition or replacement of parts, cabling, and service of your SGI Altix 3700 Bx2 system, with the exception of the following items that you can perform yourself:|
Using your system console and your L1 controller to enter commands and perform system functions such as powering on and powering off, as described in this guide.
Adding and replacing PCI and PCI–X cards, as described in this guide.
Adding and replacing disk drives in the TP900 and D–brick2 storage modules, and in the IX-brick, as described in this guide.
Using the On/Off switch and other switches (the reset and non-maskable interrupt [NMI] switches on the CR-bricks) on the front panel of your system bricks.
Using the ESI/ops panel (operating panel) on the D–brick2.
The following topics are covered in this guide:
Chapter 1, “Operation Procedures”, provides instructions for powering on and powering off your system.
Chapter 2, “System Control ”, describes the function of the L1 and L2 controllers and provides instructions for operating the controllers.
Chapter 3, “System Overview”, provides environmental and technical information needed to properly set up and configure the Altix 3700 Bx2 series system.
Chapter 4, “Rack Information”, describes the two rack sizes.
Chapter 5, “CR-brick”, describes all the connectors and LEDs located on the front and rear of the CR-brick.
Chapter 6, “IX-brick”, describes all the connectors and LEDs located on the front and rear of the IX-brick.
Chapter 7, “PX–brick”, describes all the connectors and LEDs located on the front and rear of the PX-brick.
Chapter 8, “R-brick”, describes all the connectors and LEDs located on the front and rear of the R-brick.
Chapter 9, “Power Bay”, describes the function and physical components of the power bay.
Chapter 10, “SGI TP900 Storage Module”, provides a brief overview and functional description of the TP900 storage module.
Chapter 11, “D-brick2 Storage Module”, provides a brief overview and functional description of the D-brick2, and also provides powering on and powering off instructions.
Chapter 12, “Maintenance and Upgrade Procedures”, provides instructions for installing or removing the customer-replaceable components of your system.
Chapter 13, “Troubleshooting and Diagnostics”, provides recommended actions if problems occur on your system.
Appendix A, “Technical Specifications and Pinouts” provides physical, environmental, and power specifications for your system. Also included are the pinouts for the non-proprietary connectors.
Appendix B, “Safety Information and Regulatory Specifications” lists all regulatory information related to use of the Altix 3700 Bx2 system in the United States and other countries. It also provides a list of safety instructions to follow when installing, operating, or servicing the product.
The following SGI documents are relevant to the Altix 3700 Bx2 series system:
SGI Total Performance 900 Storage System User's Guide
This fully illustrated guide explains how to operate and maintain the SGI Total Performance 900 (TP900) SCSI storage system.
SGI Total Performance 9100 (2Gb TP9100) Storage System User's Guide
This fully illustrated guide explains how to operate and maintain the 2Gb SGI Total Performance 9100 Fibre Channel storage system.
SGI InfiniteStorage TP9400 and SGI InfiniteStorage TP9500 and TP9500S RAID User's Guide (P/N 007-4304-xxx)
This fully illustrated guide explains how to operate and maintain the 2Gb SGI TP9400 and 2Gb SGI TP9500 Fibre Channel storage systems.
SGIconsole Hardware Connectivity Guide
This fully illustrated guide explains how to connect the SGIconsole to the various SGI server and graphics system configurations. SGIconsole is a multi-server management system that manages and monitors multiple servers throughout a customer's computing environment, whether those servers are on site or remote.
SGI L1 and L2 Controller Software User's Guide
This guide describes how to use the L1 and L2 controller commands at your system console to monitor and manage your SGI system.
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