“Access Grid Performance and Presentation Space” by Carpenter, von Hoffman, Miller, Oliverio, Quay, et al. …

  • ©Jeff Carpenter, Jennifer Teig von Hoffman, James (Jim) R. Miller, James Oliverio, Andy Quay, Cindy Sievers, Jonathan Tyman, and Joella Walz

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    Access Grid Performance and Presentation Space

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    What if travel were free and instantaneous? How would this affect our lives and work? These questions have been posed by Rick Stevens of Argonne National Laboratory, and have been explored by Access Grid users since the inception of the Access Grid in the spring of 1999, as they negotiate the boundaries of space and place.

    At SIGGRAPH 2005, the Access Grid supports a global collaborative performance piece, international art panels, and multi-site community interaction. This emerging, scalable teleconferencing technology enables interaction between individual desktops, 3,000-person theaters, and everything in between. The grid’s 1,500 users throughout the world interact through thousands of nodes, designed spaces that contain the high-end audio and visual technology needed to provide a highquality, compelling user experience. The nodes are also used as a research environment for development of distributed data and visualization corridors, and to study issues related to collaborative work in distributed environments. The SIGGRAPH 2005 node includes three large screens in a dedicated Access Grid space, where attendees can participate in worldwide events.

    The Access Grid Performance and Presentation Space at SIGGRAPH 2005 creates a virtual and physical venue for the exploration of geographically distributed art and presentation. It is informed by previous experiences with Access Grid spaces, such as the SC Global venue at IEEE/ACM’s Supercomputing Conference and performances by University of Florida’s Digital Worlds Institute.


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