[AG-TECH] Access Grid 3.0 beta1 available !
Thomas D. Uram
turam at mcs.anl.gov
Mon Jan 30 09:37:00 CST 2006
On 1/30/06 7:10 AM, Derek Piper wrote:
> 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?
There is no compatibility planned. So many of the underlying technologies
have changed (Globus->SSL, GSI-HTTP file transfer->FTPS, EventService,
SOAP implementation) that it would be very difficult to build in compatibility.
> 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.
There are no changes to the media encryption. The encryption mentioned is
for the soap/event/text/data connections, which are encrypted now and were not
> Thomas D. Uram wrote:
>> The Access Grid 3.0 beta1 software is available for download at:
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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:
>> Note that this is beta software, intended for testing rather than
>> 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.
>> NO INTEROPERABILITY
>> 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.
>> The Access Grid team
>> Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago
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