[AG-TECH] Access Grid 3.0 beta1 available !

Derek Piper dcpiper at indiana.edu
Mon Jan 30 07:10:03 CST 2006

	Hi Tom,

	I realize this is just a beta but is there going to be any 
compatibility planned for AG2? Or, is it assumed that people would keep 
AG2 installations and try and gradually move over to it in time once 
peers support the same?
	Also, encryption is mentioned - is that still Rijndael? I'm asking 
since I have encryption support in AGVCR and I'd like to make sure it 
remains compatible.


Thomas D. Uram wrote:
> The Access Grid 3.0 beta1 software is available for download at:
>   http://www.mcs.anl.gov/fl/research/accessgrid/software/releases/3.0-beta1
> Note: This version of the software is not compatible with the current 
> AG2 software;
> see important notes at the end of this email for more specifics.
> This release is built on standard Internet technologies with the intent of
> bringing greater stability, performance, and interoperability.  This shift,
> and improvements from lessons learned in AG2, combine to make AG3
> a well-rounded basis for collaborative software development going
> forward.  We would welcome your contributions to the future of the
> AccessGrid software in the following areas:
> - Core development
> - Testing and bug reporting
> - Bug fixing
> - Documentation
> If you're interested in contributing, please let us know at 
> ag-info at mcs.anl.gov.
> Many thanks to those who have already contributed in these and other areas.
> Features of this release include:
> - Jabber client integration (thanks to LBNL)
> - Integrated meeting schedule viewer
> - Improved venue navigation
>    - View all Venues on server, exits from current Venue, or MyVenues
>    - Tree-based perusal of Venue space (without entering)
> - VenueClient user preferences
> - Certificate not required by VenueClient
> - Improved control of media tools through VenueClient
> - Multicast indicator on VenueClient
> - Integrated per-Venue Multicast Beacon client
> - Integrated beacon matrix
> - New bridging facility (available in any venue)
> - Encrypted network communications throughout
> - Simplified node configuration through discovery of
>    node services and service managers
> - RAT:  silence suppression off by default
> - VIC:  stale streams time out and are removed
> - Windows WDM capture device support, enabling
>    use of capture cards with new style drivers (e.g. Winnov,
>    iTuner) (thanks to UCL)
> For the technically curious:
> - More interoperable SOAP implementation (thanks to LBNL
>    and the pywebsvcs project)
> - FTPS-based file transfer
> The software ships pointing at the test AG3 VenueServer here
> at Argonne National Laboratory; the URL of the VenueServer
> lobby is:
>    https://vv3.mcs.anl.gov:8000/Venues/default
> Note that this is beta software, intended for testing rather than 
> production
> use.  As always, user feedback is welcome. Please file bug reports,
> feature requests, or enhancements via the Access Grid Bugzilla
> page ( http://bugzilla.mcs.anl.gov/accessgrid ).
> Documentation has not been updated for this release.  Work on
> the documentation will proceed following the beta release.
> The AG3 software is not in any way compatible with the AG2 software.
> No combination of AG2 and AG3 clients and servers will work together.
> The AG3 installers have been built to allow AG2 and AG3 to be installed
> on a single machine without conflicting with each other.  This means
> that users should be able to install AG3 on machines where they have
> AG2 installed, and use either one.
> Thanks,
> The Access Grid team
> Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago

Derek Piper - dcpiper at indiana.edu - (812) 856 0111
IRI 323, School of Informatics
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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