Advanced video technologies and collaborative tools are allowing organizations on the MAGPI and Internet2 networks to communicate in new and exciting ways.
Access Grid® is a suite of collaboration technologies that enable large scale (wall or room sized) group collaboration including live video, audio, and data sharing. The Access Grid® is an ensemble of resources including multimedia large-format displays, presentation and interactive environments, and interfaces to Grid middleware and to visualization environments. These resources are used to support group-to-group interactions across the Grid.
Microsoft Research's Conference XP software allows for distributed interactive collaboration spaces using a virtual venue. It integrates recent advances in high-performance audio, video, and network technologies to seamlessly connect multiple, distant participants in a rich, immersive environment for distance conferencing, instruction, and collaboration. ConferenceXP provides an extensible foundation for interactive collaborative environments and serves as a research platform for designing and implementing distance conferencing and learning applications. Currently, it is being used for multi-institutional instruction, distance learning, and advanced research collaboration. MAGPI runs a Conference XP test node that is available to MAGPI Members.
The Digital Video Transport System (DVTS) is a simple and inexpensive method of transmitting high-quality video and audio over the Internet. DVTS uses 30 Mbps uncompressed video to provide high-quality images with low latency. DVTS can also be used in multicast mode to allow three or more sites to participate in a single conference. More broadly, DVTS is a step toward a world in which you will be able to tune your computer to a series of educational channels the same way you tune your television to satellite channels—send and receive high-quality video across the Internet with the same ease as sending and receiving email - - and do all this without any significant capital expenditure. DVTS-based telemicroscopy is used for real time clinical case consultation between pathologists at the three Philadelphia hospitals that make up the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Office of Cultural Affairs at Montgomery County Community College used DVTS to conduct dance critiques between dancers in Pennsylvania and choreographers in Japan.