[AG-TECH] H.323 / Mbone Gateway Progress?

Mike Daw mike.daw at man.ac.uk
Thu May 23 11:07:23 CDT 2002

I am trying to anticipate an issue that might be raised in the UK in the
near future. This issue is that many companies have invested extensively in
H.323 videoconferencing solutions and that the UK Govt. is beginning to
invest widely in the AG solution in academia through the e-Science programme
(12 nodes currently, more coming soon).

So, the obvious question is, when will we be able to have a meeting from our
AG node to someone's videoconferencing facility (forget about the
desirability of this for the moment)?

I've just spent a pleasant couple of hours reading a fascinating document I
found on the web about a meeting attended (among others) by our very own
Terry Disz, Bill Nickless and Bob Olson. This document outlines a lot of the
technological issues as well as the desirability angle, given what the AG is
trying to achieve. It's here, if anyone's interested:

However, the discussion happened 18 months ago. Its conclusions talk about
conducting a survey, looking into the shape of a possible H.323/Mbone
gateway and thinking about funding for development work into this gateway.

Can anyone tell me whether anything is happening or is planned to happen on
this? What's gone on in the intervening 18 months?

Michael Daw
Computer Services for Academic Research (CSAR)

Manchester Computing, Kilburn Building,
University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7026
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Email: michael.daw at man.ac.uk


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