[AG-TECH] Shutdown of Argonne Access Grid services

Sievers, Cindy S sievers at lanl.gov
Fri Mar 2 13:12:31 CST 2012

The end of an era and truly a success story!  Tom and his crew from Argonne did a splendid job providing the insight and vision to make this a reality. All of the global sites proved that we really did make the world smaller and more connected.  And now as we are coming to the end of an era, I realize that it wasn't just the technology that mattered, it was the people who made such a profound difference.  When I hear the terms "collaborative technologies" now, I think that the AG community really embodied that philosophy.  Not only developing the technology to make collaboration easier, but also collaborating and working with each other.  How many countless hours did we spend testing with remote sites during SC Global?  Remember meeting each other in person for the first time during the Access Grid retreats?  The friendships that were formed as a result will always be special.

I feel sad that this is coming to an end, but at the same time, I'm so very proud to have been a part of this wonderful experience.

The AG community will always be my Friends in the Meadow!


From: ag-tech-bounces at lists.mcs.anl.gov [mailto:ag-tech-bounces at lists.mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Julia Mullen
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 11:52 AM
Cc: ag-tech
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Shutdown of Argonne Access Grid services

Here!  Here!

Hip, Hip, Hoorah!!

for years of commitment and excellent work and above all a truly wonderful community that I feel fortunate to have been (and still be, if peripherally) part of - I still have on my wall a picture of "Our Friends in the Meadow" that Amado made 7+ years ago.

On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM, Brian Corrie <bcorrie at sfu.ca<mailto:bcorrie at sfu.ca>> wrote:
Hi Tom, the Argonne AG Team (past and present), and the AG Community,

The end of an era!

I remember the first time I visited Argonne and there were all these odd characters chatting with each other using this thing called a MUD, always on line, always connected. Ahh, the meadow!

The AG was a vision that embodied connecting the global research community, and is still actively used 15 or so years later... That is impressive! The AG community was always connected, always on line, way before that was cool... heck, even before it was possible any other way.

Many thanks to the Argonne group and the rest of the AG Community. I consider many of you my colleagues and friends and I am sure my collaborations with many of you will continue on for many more years...



On 3/1/2012 9:51 AM, Thomas Uram wrote:
Access Grid community:

The Access Grid was created nearly 14 years ago here at Argonne National Laboratory, as an open source alternative to the proprietary videoconferencing systems of the day. Our goal was to build the videoconferencing equivalent of Linux: a foundation for collaboration to which anyone could contribute, and from which everyone would benefit. We believe that the Access Grid has achieved this goal by supporting countless scientific and administrative conferences in academia and research.

The team at Argonne maintains several servers and services to support the Access Grid, and can no longer continue these services. We are drafting a transition plan to support the still active Access Grid community. The current plan includes the following steps, which will be taken over the next 3 months; services will continue until June 1, 2012, when they will become unavailable.

       * Source code will be migrated to a public repository (e.g. Google code, SourceForge)
       * The Argonne Venue Server and associated services (Jabber, Bridge Registry) will be turned off
       * The AG-Dev Certificate Authority will stop issuing certificates
       * The accessgrid.org<http://accessgrid.org> web site will be turned off
       * AG-related mailing lists will be migrated to a public forum (e.g. Google Groups)

Thank you for all your support and involvement over the years,

The Access Grid developers

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