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Access Grid

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What is the Access Grid?

In simple terms, it is an internet videoconferencing system with several large, high resolution displays and multiple simultaneous camera angles, or views, at each site.

Each of the views, including those from the local site, appears in its own window on the large screens. Additionally, data windows from any participants' computers can be integrated into the meeting to display images, movies, presentations, etc.

In more detail, the Access Grid is an integrated presentation environment which supports large-scale collaborations from distributed meetings, seminars, lectures, to tutorials and training. It provides high-quality, real-time audio and video over high speed networks to facilitate group to group communications, both formal and informal, and interfaces with grid middleware and visualization environments.

Access Grid Nodes are located throughout the world, primarily at research universities, national laboratories, and corporate research divisions.

To book our Access Grid node, please contact Distance Education.

Cisco Telepresence

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This is a virtual meeting experience for 1-2 people who can speak to collaborators at other universities and Cisco for research. Cisco states that the TelePresence University Connection enables university researchers to increase the frequency of "in person" collaboration with colleagues at other universities, helping speed new developments and improve ongoing research collaboration.

Other universities currently participating in this program include Cornell University, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Libraries Cisco TelePresence has been relocated to the Hayden Library 14E-311 Group Study Room and is a self-service room. The room is bookable during regular Library hours. More information can be found here.

Requests for actual conferences should go to

Access Grid Rates

Regular Distance Education room rates apply — ($175/hr for the room usage plus a half hour set up time which includes testing prior to the event.) Labor during regular business hours is $50/hr.


Cisco Telepresence rates

There is a nominal room charge of $50/hr to cover the technician assistance in setting up this conference.