Access Grid 3.1 Released
Access Grid 3.1 is now available for download. This release includes new functionality, including the latest VIC (video) and RAT (audio) tools from the Sumover project, support for hierarchical venue data storage, improved bridging support, and certificate-based Venue access controls. Numerous bugs have also been fixed. For more information about this release, see the official AG 3.1 Release page.
SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE: Greening the Meeting
Access Grid is included in the current issue of Science magazine, in an article discussing virtual meetings as an alternative to scientific travel. From the article:
Scientific travel pours huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Some societies are changing the way they run their annual meetings--and a few scientists are proposing even more drastic changes...
Researchers don't necessarily have to attend a meeting in person to get something out of it. Virtual conferences are a growing trend; they have recently been held on topics including nanoscale structures, animal diseases, amphibian conservation, and climate change. One of the largest such events is the Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics (VCGB)...
Attendees to VCGB gather at local nodes linked together using Access Grid, a virtual collaboration system developed at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.
For more information, see the full article on the Science website.
AG3 wins R&D100 award
R&D magazine has selected Access Grid 3 as a winner of an R&D 100 award for 2007. From the R&D website:
The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year.
Hardware Reference online
With valuable contributions from a number of persons*, a
hardware reference has been constructed on the AccessGrid.org site.
The front page simply lists hardware categories; clicking on a category
will display all of the hardware items in that category.
Note that this is a community resource! Your input will aid other users
who are building Access Grid nodes. If you have experience with a
piece of hardware that you consider worth sharing, post a comment about
it on the site. If you have experience with hardware that is not listed,