Gigabit Ethernet for SGI Fuel

Posted by Kaya Kupferschmidt • Wednesday, November 29. 2006 • Category: Hardware
Recently I got hands on an SGI Fuel, and I plan to use it for development (as soon as I ported my project to Linux - in other words, it will take a while). The Fuel offers some standard 64bit PCI expansion slots, and even supports some standard PCI cards. You can find a list of (inofficially) supported cards at Nekochan.

For myself, first I installed an M-Audio Revolution 7.1 card, which runs out-of-the-box. The next step was to install a gigabit ethernet card, as I have all my home directories stored on a central NAS Raid server. But this was not so easy, because of two problems: First the number of supported gigabit cards is rather low (and they are expensive), and they only work with a small kernel hack. But finally I got my hands onto two Compaq NC7770 Gigabit Server Adapter for 19EUR each. I installed one of the cards into my Fuel and followed the hacking instructions again found at Nekochan.

Now I have working a cheap but powerful gigabit ethernet card in my Fuel, the same trick should also work on an Octane with a PCI card cage and an Origin. Maybe I will try to install the second card into my O200 some time.


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  1. Hallo Kaya,

    finally some progress here. You might find it more than difficult to have a running IRIX port of your framework cause most newer style rendering tricks are done with shaders and some of them are more than just a material.

    But anyway good luck


  2. *Hi Matthias,

    of course I cannot expect shaders to run on the Fuel, but it would be interesting to port the framework to a completely different architecture nontheless. At least an IRIX+Linux port seems much more doable to me than a native Mac OS port (although I'd really like to have Magnum running on my Mac).


  3. yes, a Mac Port would be really cool (nice graphics on a nice designed machine).

    Looking forward to screenshots


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