|ITS/GEaRS Access Grid node in 140 Computer Building provides a resource for members of the Penn State academic and research community to participate in ACCESS Grid events. See http://gears.aset.psu.edu/viz/facilities/gridnode for further information.|
The Access Grid represents a global effort to deploy open solutions for high bandwidth group-to-group multi-modal telecollaboration over existing high-performance computing networks. Originally developed at the Futures Laboratory of Argonne National Laboratory, with support from U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and Microsoft Research, the Access Grid has grown into an international network for research telecollaboration, with Access Grid nodes installed at more than 200 institutions worldwide (see http://www.accessgrid.org/community/nodes/nodes.html).
Individual Access Grid installations vary in scale and design, but, typically, they consist of meeting rooms or other designed spaces that employ a complement of computing, audio and visual technologies to support rich multi-media collaboration across multiple participating locations. Recommended configurations and software distributions can be found at http://www.accessgrid.org. Access Grid protocols allow voice and video teleconferencing in conjunction with applications and data sharing to provide flexible distributed work environments for high bandwidth information exchanges among participants. For example, the Access Grid has been used to conduct distributed research meetings, collaborative work sessions, conferences, and tutorials as well as for collaborative experimental performances in the arts.
At Penn State, the ITS/Graduate Education and Research Services (GEaRS) Access Grid node offers a local venue for members of the Penn State community to participate in Access Grid events from a University Park location. The GEaRS node, located in 140 Computer Building, can be scheduled by members of the Penn State academic community for participation in scheduled Access Grid events or for exploring the technology for communications and collaboration with colleagues from other Access Grid-enabled institutions.
For information about using or scheduling the Access Grid node at Penn State, send email explaining your interests and requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The personal interface to the Access Grid (PIG) is a single machine solution for individual participation in Access Grid events. Please see the Access Grid Documentation Project (http://www.accessgrid.org/agdp/documentation-index.html ) or contact email@example.com for further information.|
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