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ARCS Video Collaboration Workshops

The Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) is pleased to announce two Video Collaboration Workshops to be held in Adelaide and Melbourne.

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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.

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Surrey’s Computing Department reduces costs and carbon for international initiatives

...using Access Grids substantially reduces environmental impacts: transporting one passenger between the institutions would result in 2000kg of CO2 emissions.

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QCIF AG Workshop

The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), together with the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS), are running an Access Grid Workshop to be held in October, 2007.

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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.

 

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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.

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Time Flies

Using Access Grid videoconference software tools and Internet2, video streams of live performances from all sites are sent simultaneously and combined together on a projection screen for live audiences at the University of Utah and other sites ... [read more]

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Access Grid 3.0.2 Released

This release is mostly for maintenance and fixing bugs. Of note among bugs fixed are improvements to unicast bridge support and Shared Presentation fixes. More information is available on the AG3.0.2 release page.

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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,

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Access Grid 3.0.1 Released

This release is mostly for maintenance, fixing bugs, and introducing support for Intel Macs. Of note among bugs fixed is switching from unicast back to multicast now works. More information is available on the AG3.0.1 release page

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