[AG-TECH] question about potential access grid configuration

Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu
Mon Jun 30 13:41:13 CDT 2003

We're pondering a somewhat unusual grid setup, and I was wondering if anyone
had tried anything like this before, or had any thoughts about it.

This setup will be for a class that is that is taught accross three different
physical locations.  One location has a teacher and students, and the other
two sites contain only students.  After the teacher is done with the initial
lecture and question and answer section, the students are to split up into
three groups, where each group has members at all three locations.

Our idea is to have at each site one full room node (projector, full house
audio, etc) and one pig for each group.  We would have an AG2 venue server,
with four venues, one for the lecture portion, and one for each of the three

In operation, everyone would first interact with the room node during the
lecture portion.  Then, once it is time to break into groups, all of the room
nodes would mute their outgoing but continue listening, and instead everyone
would go to the laptop pigs.  Any files or other resources would be downloaded
from the class venue, and each group would then go into their group venue.

The room nodes would remain in the main class venue and listening so that the
professor could still get the whole classes attention easily.

Sound feasible?

Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu
WPI Network Engineer

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