[AG-TECH] Shutdown of Argonne Access Grid services

Mike Mike.W.Daley at cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Fri Mar 2 16:23:12 CST 2012

Hi to everyone in the community, I would just like to add a very big thanks to Tom and all the crew at Argonne who have developed and supported such a successful project. I am privileged to have been involved in Access Grid in the UK since 2001. I have met so many wonderful people through AccessGrid and enjoyed many collaborations between UK Cardiff and Chicago, Utah and Louisiana. In particular.
Toms email came as a bit of a shock, and I hope that somehow Accessgrid will continue on in some form or other. I spend a lot of time telling people of its benefits.
I wish Tom and everyone who I have met all the very best in the future.

Sent from my iPad

On 2 Mar 2012, at 19:32, "John I. Quebedeaux, Jr" <johnq at lsu.edu> wrote:

> I 2nd, third, etc. this Brian's message.
> I too remember the meadow, the moo, AG1, etc. and all the fine helpful
> people (in no particular order!): Ariella, Jennifer, Julie, Brian, Ivan,
> Tom(s), Nancy?, Jeremy, Jimmy, Paul, Piers, Doug, Gurcharan, Derek, Cindy,
> Paul, Ron, Many, Darin, Brian, Michael(s), Ed, Andrew(s), Jeonghoon, Jim &
> Nathan, Dan, Douglas, Mike, Robert & Eric, Rhys, Monika, Jason, Christoph,
> and all those I somehow missed - i'm sure there were many many more who made
> this a successful in just being available, responding on the list, in the
> meadow, etc. etc. to make this successful for the rest of us.  I could
> probably list every name in the alphabet, but those here will recognize
> yourself or those who have moved on I think. But truly a GLOBAL Access Grid
> community. I have contacts all over the world today - from Alaska to Korea
> to Australia and everywhere in between and all have been exceptional
> contacts, both professional and friend.
> The Access Grid retreats helped to cement these connections as well as the
> Super Computing Conferences over the years. SC Global, etc. I feel fortunate
> to have been a marginal part of it and yes, my "AG" ipod wakes me every
> morning with a new song that has an inscription on it for being part of that
> community. Again thanks!
> Worthy note: Louisiana has made use of this extensively as part of an NIH
> grant since 2002, and is still doing so today due to a robust network
> infrastructure that utilized the Access Grid as one of its example
> applications for success. We broke our record of 500 events last year and
> this year appears to be about as busy (just the other week we had 4
> simultaneous meetings going on on the same day with 4 different groups in
> the state). So while for some this may have come and gone, for us it is
> entirely a successful medium for human interaction and until I can't run it
> anymore, or computing gets to where a interactive experience is more easily
> had with portable devices (getting there!) I think we'll be running it for a
> little longer (or until the equipment dies).
> Kudos to all now and in the past for making this a success. I'm sure many of
> you I'll still be in touch with in one form or another I hope! I hope to
> continue to run into those I made friends with in the meadow and beyond.
> Cheers from the Louisiana Venues (view.lbrn.lsu.edu),
> John Q.
>> From: Brian Corrie <bcorrie at sfu.ca>
>> Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:24:03 -0800
>> To: "<ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov> <ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov>" <ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov>
>> Cc: "Michael E. Papka" <papka at anl.gov>
>> Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Shutdown of Argonne Access Grid services
>> 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...
>> Cheers,
>> Brian
>> 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 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
>>> (You are receiving this message because you are subscribed to one of the
>>> Access Grid mailing lists, either ag-tech, ag-users, or ag-dev)

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