Kids on the Grid ~ April 26, 2007

Institutions participating so far:

Rochester Institute of Technology - Gurcharan Khanna (
Texas Advanced Computing Center - Dean Nobles (
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus - Jose Conde (
University of Minnesota Medical School – Joe Stone (
National Library of Medicine - Craig Locatis & Wei-Li Liu (;

Schedule so far:
This may change depending on the your needs, but so far NLM has scheduled four 30 minute demos. Two are in the morning from 11 to noon and two are in the afternoon from 1 to 2 Eastern Time (11:00 – 11:30; 11:30 – 12:00; 1:00 – 1:30; 1:30 – 2:00). Texas and Minn sota are on Central Time, the rest are on Eastern. I know RIT is attempting to schedule their demos at the same time as NLM’s. Let me know if you need add tional or different times so one or more of the participating sites can try to be present online at that time.

Venue suggestion:
I’d like to suggest we use the National Library of Medicine venue at the Argonne 3.X public venue server( (under government institution venues off the lobby), if it’s okay with everyone. Alternati ely, we have a venue at the NCSA venue server we could use as well. In any event, I think it is important to use one of the public venue servers to make it easy for anyone who might want to drop in at the last minute. Tom Uram popped in one time last year. I will post the venue information and time to the AG-Tech mailing list in case others want to join us. Let me know what you think about the venue to use. I’m assuming we will be using multicast, but we may need unicast. We can always test multicast and shift to unicast if we have to.

Some format alternatives:

It will be chaotic, based on past experience. If our demo groups are scheduled at the same time, we might control the chaos a little by taking turns doing a short introduction to the technology and then inviting additional comments from coordinators at the other sites. The site coordinator leading off would then ask some of their local students to introduce themselves and then call on students at the other sites to say their names and indicate where they are. If we can’t line our schedules up or if there is a site online without students present, we could ask the person at that site to do an introduction. Otherwise, I think the best thing to do is for each site to do their own introduction and then invite students to talk to the other sites. NLM ill have a laptop on a table in front running a paint program and an Ultra VNC server so kids at different sites can take turns drawing. You can download server/client software for free here: Let me know what you think about the format and options for introducing the technology. I don’t see the intro as very long or technical. The main points being that it allows scientist to see and hear each other and interact at a distance in real time, that it was developed at Argonne, that it is very powerful because you can have multiple camera views from each site and that you can have almost an unlimited number of sites participating. I think it would be good for the person doing the introduction to point out the different sites and multiple camera views at certain sites and to quickly use the paint program to show scientist can share applications.

Testing suggestion:

I think it would be good if an initial test the week before, possibly on April 19 or 20, since the Internet2 meeting comes just before Bring Your Child to Work Day. It would be great if we could all test together at least once. Those days are completely open for us. We just need to get the times on each of those days you are available. I think we should try to be online to make sure everything is working at least an hour before the first demo. Right now that would be at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on April 26th, unless one of you plan to demo earlier. If some one is starting very early on the 26th, NLM could do a short last minute test with you after 4:15 on the 25th.

Let me know what you think of the plan, if you have demo times to add on the 26th, and what days/times you can test.

I’m so pleased that there is more participation this year.

Craig Craig Locatis, PhD
Office of High Performance Computing & Communications
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD 20894
301.435.3254 v 301.402.4080 f