[AG-TECH] AG 2.0 and VRVS vic and rat and other ramblings

Douglas Baggett dbaggett at cise-nsf.gov
Thu Oct 21 12:02:26 CDT 2004

I've been evaluating which software to use for my desktop users and have 
been quite impressed with the work the VRVS people have done with 
vic/rat and software installation and ease of use. My question has to do 
with the differences and advantages/disadvantages with going with VRVS 
for desktop use to access grid meetings vs standard AG 2.x  vs Insors 
(any suggestions or experiences greatly appreciated!). Also, have there 
been any discussions with the VRVS folks about the changes they've made 
to vic and rat and possibly taking advantage of their work (and of 
course helping them as well in the opposite direction) to improve the 
version of vic and rat used in AG? Just a cursory search of the mailing 
list reveals some other vic forks (other than VRVS) as well to add MPEG4 
and other stuff (OpenMash and others).

The added fact that InSors develops their own video software seems like 
we are headed down a road where the least common denominator will start 
to influence what kind of advanced video features are available. It 
looks like MANY people want the same set of features (MPEG4, H.264, 
possibly HDTV....) but people are going down their own road, which leads 
to incompatible versions of vic using higher quality codecs and resolutions.

Thanks for all the great work!

Douglas Baggett
CISE IT Support
National Science Foundation     
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