[AG-USERS] Do I still need 3 servers in this day and age?

Tom Coffin tcoffin at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Wed Jan 14 15:59:59 CST 2009

hi Les

Depending upon the room (and your situation sounds like
a small room) you could get a way with a souped up personal
interface to the grid (PIG) machine. I refer to these machines as
medium size nodes because they are good for 2-5 people

basically - it's a PIG with multiple display monitors and
an echo cancelling microphone (like an accumicII)
The multiple VGA displays are the key ingredient so that
everyone can see the various video streams, and data being
shared. You amy even want one of th edisplay
to be larger (like a focal point)

Les Rhoda wrote:
> Hello all,
> I work in Video Services at the University of Maine in Orono.
> I have been tasked with constructing a quote for building an Access Grid node. It will be a small node, not even using projectors or anything fancy, just a small room that can act as a hub for some research teams to collaborate on.
> I have scoured the net for hours trying to suss what the best and most economical way to build the node would be. I've researched all of the capture cards, cams, etc but I still have one burning question: do we reall need 3 boxes to process and
> serve, or can we pack it into one so long as we do not need multiple video input and display cards (which would require too many slots?
> Any suggestions are immensely appreciated. I'm under a deadline for grant money and since I'm new to this job there is a lot riding on this (especially given the economy, etc :)
> Glad to be here, and glad to take part in the AG revolution! :)
> Les
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