[AG-TECH] Shutdown of Argonne Access Grid services

Todd Zimmerman todd.zimmerman at ubc.ca
Fri Mar 9 18:20:05 CST 2012

Just wanted to add my thanks to Tom and the gang for the years of work 
and support for this great project.  WestGrid and ComputeCanada have 
used (and continue to use) AccessGrid for many seminars and events that 
would not have been possible with any other technology. AG was my first 
taste of collaboration software and continues to drive my opinions and 
views of what truly advanced collaboration could (and should!) look like.

As many others have already mentioned, one of the best aspects of AG was 
the fantastic community. I met a lot of great people and had many good 
times both in person at SC/Retreats and online.

Thanks again all!


On 03/01/2012 09:51 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
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