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The Access Grid is a collaborative project of the Future Labs at the Math and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Labs, Chicago and many participating Universities, National Labs and other organizations. The University of Kentucky was one of the first three universities to join ANL on the project. The Access Grid is an ensemble of hardware and software resources that can be used to enable human interaction across the Grid. The Access Grid consists of multimedia displays, presentation and interaction environments,collaborative work environments, interfaces to grid middleware, interfaces to visualization environments etc. The primary goal of Access Grid is to enable group-to-group communication as opposed to desktop-to-desktop communication.

The Alliance Access Grid project is aimed at prototyping a number of Access Grid Nodes (in four phases) and using this prototype to conduct remote meetings, site visits, training sessions and educational events. The Access Grid Nodes will also provide a research environment for the development for distributed data and visualization corridors and for studying issues relating to collaborative work in distributed environments.

For more information about the access grid please see ANL's accessgrid website.Technical specifications for an Access Grid node can be found here. List of AGNodes Worldwide can be found here.