Thursday, 12 Aug, 2 PM CST... Chautauqua1 Post-mortem

Margaret Lewis mlewis at
Thu Aug 12 13:54:05 CDT 1999

Looks like Tribune was so impressed by the story they put in on the wire --
great to hear that C-U local paper picked it up.

I think we are just starting to hit the wave. Some additional PR work at UKY --
and we can set the stage for BU to have great national exposure.

FYI -- I asked UNM to explore getting a clip of the TV coverage.


"Barbara A. Kucera" wrote:
> Hi Margaret,
> When I arrived back in Champaign-Urbana, my husband showed me Larry's photo
> in the News-Gazette (our local paper) with the 8-screen view behind him and
> a couple of sentence caption about the NM Chautauqua and the new
> technology.  The PR folks are on their toes!
> Barbara
> ------------
> At 01:51 AM 8/11/99 -1000, Margaret Lewis wrote:
> >All,
> >
> >Outstanding job! It is amazing to see the progress that was made from our June
> >session at Argonne. The video and audio were very good -- and there was very
> >little delay with video so mouths mostly moved with the sound!
> >
> >I talked to a number of attendees to get their reaction. Most people were
> >appropriately amazed. The UNM audience was very engaged with Rick's speech and
> >Rick's and Larry's Q&A session with live and remote sites. Rezuna's speech and
> >the tour of the Access Center were also excellent -- walking through the
> Access
> >Center really proved to the group the capabilities of the system. The
> video was
> >amazing for a moving camera (and it was nice camera work). The interaction of
> >Ken Bishop with NCSA, followed by Nestor's presentation once again had the
> >audience totally engaged. Driving the microscope via the Internet while Nestor
> >interacted was another high point. The audience also enjoyed watching set up
> >for
> >sessions in the morning and between breaks and a majority of the attendees
> came
> >over to the "command center" to see the tech staff in action.
> >
> >I won't be able to make the Access Grid meeting on Thursday -- but in talking
> >with UKY folks we'd like to see if we could more formally arrange for remote
> >audiences at various sites for different presentations. The interaction of
> live
> >and remote audiences with speaker was one of the most engaging parts of the
> >demonstration. UKY is only hosting a few remote sessions -- right now it looks
> >like it is Rick's speech, a tour of Access Center, and the possibility of a
> >couple of demos -- so remote audiences will provide the majority of
> interaction
> >opportunities. If we can get at least one site on-line with at least a small
> >audience (and a few planted questions) for a majority of their
> presentations --
> >this should take us to the next level.
> >
> >UKY will only have one projector so they will arrange their screen
> differently.
> >Power Point will be displayed in 1/4 of the screen -- I am assuming this is
> >doable since there was a practice session at UKY a few weeks ago? Also -- we
> >need to get smoother with distributed Power Point. We did much better
> today but
> >it was a bit rough start yesterday.
> >
> >Also -- a site without echo cancellation definitely presents a problem. While
> >they might receive good audio from other sites -- their transmissions back are
> >very annoying. We need to limit the interaction with these sites to bare
> >minimum
> >-- and mainly have them talk to main site and have them muted when we talk to
> >them.
> >
> >I think speakers who stay in one spot (like a podium or are seated at a table)
> >provide the best video. I know people don't like to limit speaker's travel
> >space
> >-- but Larry, Rick, and Access Center speakers came across very well because
> >they were all in fixed spot. I would recommend that we try and limit
> >speakers to
> >a fixed spot.
> >
> >Once again -- many thanks to the entire tech group for an outstanding job! A
> >special thanks to UNM for being the pioneers -- it took lots of guts -- and to
> >those wild folks at Argonne who had this crazy vision!
> >
> >FYI -- We got an excellent clip on a local TV channel and a great article in
> >Albuqurque Tribune -- with a picture of Larry talking to a screen with eight
> >remote shots.
> >
> >Margaret
> >
> >
> >Mark Hereld wrote:
> >>
> >> All,
> >>
> >> At the risk of jinxing it all, I think that we all really pulled the
> >> AccessGrid together.  Despite some glitches, yesterday's demonstration went
> >> quite well.  The backchannel was quite well used, and many of the
> >> interactions went very smoothly.  We learned a lot.  And today it showed.
> >> The audio was exceptional for the most part, and I think we applied a great
> >> deal of experience to finding the best way to work with the network and
> >> tools to good effect.  To a large degree, I think that the tech disappeared
> >> into the background from the perspective of the meeting attendees.
> >> Exceptional performance, IMHO.
> >>
> >> We should get together and capture the lessons learned from this experience
> >> before they fade from our memories.  I suggest, after some small
> >> consultation on the mud, that we meet on the AccessGrid at 2 PM CDT on
> >> Thursday, 12 August, two days from today.
> >>
> >> If you participated in the tech support, please attend this meeting: your
> >> input is valuable.  Anybody else who witnessed the events is also welcome
> >> to participate.  Just head to your nearest AccessGrid Node and coordinate
> >> with the Local Node Operation Crew.
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Mark
> Barbara A. Kucera
> Alliance/EPSCoR Liaison
> National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
> University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign
> (217) 244-0131 * Fax (217) 265-8022
> "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read
> and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler
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