About This Guide

The SGI reconfigurable application-specific software computing (RASC) program delivers scalable, configurable computing elements for the SGI Altix family of servers and superclusters.


Note: Make sure that you read the section called “Major Technical Changes in the RASC 2.20 Release” on the “New Features in This Guide” page in the frontmatter of this manual.

This guide provides information about RASC and covers the following topics:

Related Publications

Documents listed in this section contain additional information that might be helpful, as follows:

SGI Documentation

The following documentation is available for the SGI Altix family of servers and superclusters and is available from the online SGI Technical Publications Library:

  • SGI ProPack 5 for Linux Start Here

    Provides information about the SGI ProPack for Linux release including information about major new features, software installation, and product support.

  • SGI ProPack 5 for Linux Release Notes

    Provide the latest information about software and documentation in this release. The release notes are on the SGI ProPack for Linux Documentation CD in the root directory, in a file named README.TXT.

  • Linux Device Driver Programmer's Guide- Porting to SGI Altix Systems

    Provides information on programming, integrating, and controlling drivers.

  • Porting IRIX Applications to SGI Altix Platforms: SGI ProPack for Linux

    Provides information about porting an application to the SGI Altix platform.

  • Message Passing Toolkit (MPT) User's Guide

    Describes industry-standard message passing protocol optimized for SGI computers.

  • Performance Co-Pilot for IA-64 Linux User's and Administrator's Guide

    Describes the Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) software package of advanced performance tools for SGI systems running the Linux operating system.

  • Linux Configuration and Operations Guide

    Provides information on how to perform system configuration and operations for SGI ProPack servers.

  • Linux Resource Administration Guide

    Provides a reference for people who manage the operation of SGI ProPack servers and contains information needed in the administration of various system resource management features such as Comprehensive System Accounting (CSA), Array Services, CPU memory sets and scheduling, and the Cpuset System.

  • SGI Altix 350 System User's Guide

    Provides an overview of the Altix 350 system components, and it describes how to set up and operate this system.

  • SGI Altix 350 Quick Start Guide

    Guides a knowledgeable user through the installation, setup, and simple configuration of most SGI Altix 350 systems.

  • SGI Altix 3700 Bx2 User's Guide

    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.

  • SGI Altix 450 System User's Guide

    This guide provides an overview of the architecture and descriptions of the major components that compose the SGI Altix 450 system. It also provides the standard procedures for powering on and powering off the system, basic troubleshooting information, and important safety and regulatory specifications.

  • SGI Altix 4700 System User's Guide

    This guide provides an overview of the architecture and descriptions of the major components that compose the SGI Altix 4700 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.

  • Silicon Graphics Prism Visualization System User's Guide

    Provides an overview of the Silicon Graphics Prism Visualization System components and it describes how to set up and operate this system.

  • SGIconsole 2.1 Start Here

    Provides an introduction to SGIconsole and information about setting up and configuring SGIconsole hardware and software.

  • Console Manager for SGIconsole Administrator's Guide

    Provides information about the Console Manager software graphical interface allows you to control multiple SGI servers, SGI partitioned systems, and large single-system image servers.

  • SGI L1 and L2 Controller Software User's Guide

    Describes how to use the L1 and L2 controller commands at your system console to monitor and manage the SGI Altix 3000 and SGI Altix 4000 family of servers and superclusters.

  • XFS for Linux Administration

    Describes XFS, an open-source, fast recovery, journaling filesystem that provides direct I/O support, space preallocation, access control lists, quotas, and other commercial file system features.

  • XVM Volume Manager Administrator's Guide

    Describes the configuration and administration of XVM logical volumes

    using the XVM Volume Manager.

  • Event Manager User Guide

    Provides information about the Event Manger application that collects event information from other applications. This document describes the Event Manager application, the application programming interface that you can use to access it, the procedures that you can use to communicate with it from another application, and the commands that you can use to control it.

  • Embedded Support Partner User Guide

    Provides information about using the Embedded Support Partner (ESP) software suite to monitor events, set up proactive notification, and generate reports. This revision of the document describes ESP version 3.0, which is the first version of ESP that supports the Linux operating system.

  • Linux Application Tuning Guide

    Provides information about tuning application programs on SGI Altix systems. Application programs include Fortran and C programs written on SGI Linux systems with the compilers provided by Intel.

  • SCSL User's Guide

    Provides information about the scientific libraries on SGI Altix systems and SGI IRIX systems. Topics include discussions about BLAS, LAPACK, and FFT routines.

Additional Documentation Sites and Useful Reading

The following sites and books may be useful:

  • Xilinx Development System Reference Guide

    This manual provides a bitstream generation workflow diagram and detailed description of all the files generated and used in the workflow and the tools that create and use these files. It is available at http://www.xilinx.com/ . Click on the Documentation link. Under Design Tools Documentation, select Software Manuals. For the RASC 2.20 release, reference the 9.x Software Manuals.

  • Verilog Quick Start, A Practical Guide to Simulation and Synthesis in Verilog, Third Edition, James M. Lee, Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

  • Verilog HDL Synthesis, A Practical Primer, J. Bhasker, Copyright 1998 by Lucent Technologies and published by Star Galaxy Publishing.

  • A Verilog HDL Primer, J. Bhasker, Second Edition, Copyright 1997, 1999 by Lucent Technologies and published by Star Galaxy Publishing.

Obtaining SGI Publications

You can obtain SGI documentation in the following ways:

  • 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.

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

Conventions

The following conventions are used throughout this publication:

Convention

Meaning

command

This fixed-space font denotes literal items such as commands, files, routines, path names, signals, messages, and programming language structures. Angle brackets <> are sometimes used in tables to save space.

variable

Italic typeface denotes variable entries and words or concepts being defined.

user input

This bold, fixed-space font denotes literal items that the user enters in interactive sessions. (Output is shown in nonbold, fixed-space font.)

manpage(x)

Man page section identifiers appear in parentheses after man page names.

GUI element

This font denotes the names of graphical user interface (GUI) elements such as windows, screens, dialog boxes, menus, toolbars, icons, buttons, boxes, fields, and lists.


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