Internet Relay Chat
This page is still very incomplete.
What is IRC?
IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It is a global
real-time communication system operating on the client-server
system. Currently, you will find approximately 5000 people
on IRC at any one time.
IRC is not supported by the Computation Center or any other
university department in an official capacity. The
Computation Center provides the hardware necessary to run
the server. It also provides disk space in the form of
the IRC locker to provide a central location for IRC
software. The service is maintained by interested students
who volunteer their time.
IRC On Project Vincent
To use IRC on Project Vincent, type in 'add irc'. From there,
instructions will be displayed to you. The command to start
IRC is, strangely enough, 'irc'.
IRC on Personal Computers
If you want to use IRC on a Macintosh or PC connected to the
campus ethernet, there are several clients available. None are
supplied by the Computation Center, so you will have to install
your own. Clients can be found on
IRC Source Code
Source code for both client and server programs can be found
on ftp.iastate.edu:/pub/irc. This is mirrored daily from
The IRC server runs on irc.iastate.edu, which is a DECstation
2100 with 24 megs of RAM running Ultrix V4.3A. The machine
is located in room 95 Durham, the Computation Center operations
room. irc.iastate.edu is a Project Vincent machine which
is dedicated to running the server, and is not a general access
machine. The machine is capable of 250 maximum connections,
with the highest so far being 180 (we think) clients and 9
servers. irc.iastate.edu is a hub server for MIDNet
and also serves as a backup for large hubs such as uiuc.edu.
Some people actually want to know what the machine looks like, so I'll put
a picture of the machine here.
Other IRC links
IRC Related Resources on the Internet
The IRC picture database
For More Information...
You can reach the people in charge of IRC by writing to email@example.com.
Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions about IRC to this
Last updated 1/28/95 by jcg