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Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:23 pm
by leaknoil
A long time ago I picked up this card at a surplus place. From what I gather it is called a DVS Centaurus or sometimes a IRIS 1.1card. It looked like it might be a high end PC video editing/capture card so I took a gamble of buying it. Technically it sort of is but, not anything used in PC/Apple desktop stuff as far as I ever found. It seems to be a high HD-SDI capture card made for different markets but, used mainly in hard core surveillance and monitoring systems.

I did, however, find mention that it was used in Smoke and Flame systems. It is a PCI-X card so, SGI could be possible. Anyone seen one of these in a Flame system ?
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Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:25 pm
by devv
Yo,

DVS is the manufacturer.

In SGI world this was called DM6, the info is here: http://www.nekochan.net/wiki/DMediaPro# ... I.2FO_card

And from what I understood, while there was support in Irix for DM6, it also required special support on the application side (because it used openml), and smoke/flame never had support for it.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:29 pm
by devv
I am looking into the DVS files for Irix (can be found on the DM6 URL from the previous post) and the Centaurus support is mentioned there. So there's a chance this card is supported (supposedly the Centaurus combines the features of SDStation and HDStation).

If you get anywhere with trying to use it, let us know!

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:39 pm
by devv
Also, check out http://www.nekochan.net/wiki/DMediaPro# ... I.2FO_Card.
The product "DM12" on the DMediaPro page mentions Centaurus explicitly.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:35 am
by leaknoil
Ah thanks. This does look like it would be a DM12 since this has HD-SDI written all over it. Funny how in all my googling, way back when, Nekochan never hit when all the words I was searching for were right there in the Wiki. This http://www.creativemac.com/article/SGI- ... stem-34519 has a lot of info on it actually. Sounds like it was for the Prism and had Linux drivers.

I am unlikely to ever get my hands on a Prism although I'd like to. I sold off the last of my HD-SDI gear long ago when I got out of video production anyway. Is there someone here that needs this ? As long as it didn't involve me spending any money on shipping I'd swap this for about anything more fun then a PCI-X card that sits in a drawer. Mind you no idea if this works or not. Looks pretty though.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:45 am
by uunix
Wooo Ahhh now that's an Arm and a Leg..$US19,500.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:44 am
by spiroyster
What are the chances of this turning up on this side of the pond so soon after this discussion... o.0

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DVS-IRIS-2-0- ... SwuxFYwTx9
20 quid opening bid!

I can vouch for that seller (recycler), have got many a strange and wonderful contraption from them in the past.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:48 am
by uunix
sshhhhh 8-)

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:01 am
by spiroyster
ahh sheet, sorry mate. :oops:

What are the chances... thing looks fooked anyway. Sellers a crook. nothing to see here peeps. 8-)

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:52 am
by uunix
spiroyster wrote:ahh sheet, sorry mate. :oops:

What are the chances... thing looks fooked anyway. Sellers a crook. nothing to see here peeps. 8-)

LOL Chap.. it's fine, I haven't even got a PRISM yet. You are right though, coincidence or what, I was just searching for terms that would suggest a seller passingly didn't know what they were selling which led me to a few other searches and then I found it, but not searching for DVS.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:53 am
by leaknoil
These aren't totally rare on ebay. I have seen a few. They just never say what it actually was from or did. They just list the words on the card and carry on like that one. I think they sold a lot more of these in security and manufacturing stuff than post production gear. Probably being found in those systems. Must have been some nice looking camera footage of whatever it was.
I only ran into the Smoke mention by chance. I've never found a SGI mention until now. In talking with another user it's not even clear the SGI side of things ever came to anything much more than a press release.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:00 am
by uunix
Well I won the one of eBay for a nice £20, hopefully it's a DM6, but we all suspect it's a DM12.

I'll plug it in a FUEL when it arrives and see if anything gets recognized.

Otherwise I'm on the look out for a desk side PRISM.

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:14 am
by devv
uunix wrote:Otherwise I'm on the look out for a desk side PRISM.


I haven't seem them on Ebay in years, but it does seem mashek.com has them in stock (http://www.mashek.com/SGIsystems/Prism.php).

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:42 pm
by vishnu
SGI jumped the shark when it dropped MIPS, just say no to all things SGI on Intel/Linux... ;)

Re: Was this PCI-X card used in SGI Flame/Smoke systems ?

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:54 am
by jan-jaap
vishnu wrote:SGI jumped the shark when it dropped MIPS, just say no to all things SGI on Intel/Linux... ;)

I chose to limit myself to their MIPS/IRIX range. You've got to draw the line somewhere if you don't want to become the computer equivalent of the crazy cat lady, and this is where I drew my line. I might make an exception for an IRIS 3130 but chances of that happening are slim.