[AG-TECH] Access Grid 3.0 beta1 available !

Brian Tieman tieman at aps.anl.gov
Mon Jan 30 10:13:20 CST 2006

Add my name to the growing list of people who agree with this point.  
The sole reason I do not have a working AG venue is IT issues beyond my 


Julia Mullen wrote:

>Good Morning -
>I concur on this point.  The firewall ports are really an issue here
>at the lab, and in the monthy High Productivity Computing Systems
>meetings that we hold.  It was also a problem for me when I was at WPI
>and working with folks at UMass Medical School - hospitals are
>especially loath to open ports - and port closing is the default - it
>will only get tighter.
>Just my $0.02
> Julie
>On 1/30/06, Nagykaldi, Zsolt F. (HSC) <Zsolt-Nagykaldi at ouhsc.edu> wrote:
>>It seems that most practical problems during implementation come from
>>firewall issues. Are you guys planning to (at least) narrow the UDP port
>>range for VIC and RAT, or maybe (in my dreams) tunnel all audio/video
>>traffic through a few number of ports that are usually open? I have been
>>networking with a lot of people who are desperate to set up their nodes and
>>they hit a brick wall every time it comes to push changes through their IT
>>departments, who are freaking out about the idea of opening ports in such a
>>wide range. More and more people would like to use the system via PIGs and
>>not necessarily big institutional nodes that require weeks, if not months of
>>negotiations and arm-twisting each time a new client is added at a new
>>location. (The AG Connector would be really helpful, except it causes an
>>ominous looping drop of all audio-video connections, as it has been reported
>>before, and it is very unreliable). Extra features in v3.0 are nice, but I
>>truly believe that the firewall/ports issue is the most significant barrier
>>to wider adoption of the Toolkit.
>>_ _ _
>>Zsolt Nagykaldi, PhD
>>Research Associate, Clinical IT Specialist
>>University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
>>Department Of Family And Preventive Medicine
>>Oklahoma Center For Family Medicine Research
>>900 NE 10th Street
>>Oklahoma City, OK 73104
>>Phone: (405) 271-8000 Ext.:1-32212
>>Fax:     (405) 271-1682

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