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  1. Contents • Contents • Introduction • VRVS Description • Booking System • Reflectors • Connection Interface • Virtual Access Grid • Administration Interface • Internal Monitoring and Management • Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features • Version 4 – Future of VRVS • Discussion

  2. Introduction • Introduction • the “Virtual Room Videoconferencing System” (VRVS) has been developed since 1995 in order to provide a low cost, bandwidth- efficient, extensible means for videoconferencing and remote collaboration over networks within the High Energy and Nuclear Physics communities • more than 11268 registered users from 106 countries, more than 700 world wide meetings involving more than 3000 users (total 46000 hours) per month • VRVS works on all the major operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) and deals with several videoconference protocols at the same time to let the user choose the way he wants to connect to the meeting

  3. VRVS Description • Booking System • VRVS provides a web based booking system where participants can organize meetings manually or through a “booking wizard” • user can easily cancel, move or copy his reservation • user can protect a meeting with an additional password • VRVS manages multi international time zones in a transparent way

  4. VRVS Description • Reflectors • the reflectors’ backbone provides a pure software-basedMCU (Multipoint Connection Unit) with peer to peer structure, a sophisticated real time multipoint algorithm with low cost and maintenance • in addition to dramatically improving the scalability and security, the system provides tunneling between peer reflectors, TCP connection and the NAT (Network Address Translation) support • current status is 81 VRVS reflectors deployed world wide in 28 different countries.

  5. VRVS Description 81 Reflectors deployed world wide

  6. VRVS Description 81 VRVS reflectors deployed world wide in 28 different countries

  7. VRVS Description • Connection Interface • VRVS user can see all of the on-going meetings and can decide to join the one he chooses - simple click on a dynamic web-based interface transparently connects the user to the nearest reflector • via a java panel user can: • Connect / Disconnect selected videoconference client (H.323, SIP, MBone VIC and RAT, QuickTime) • choose different video modes (Voice Switched, Timer Switched, Selected Streams, All Streams) • use CHAT and send Private messages • remotely control selected video cameras • broadcast URLs • see real time list of connected participants • share computer desktop with other participants

  8. VRVS Description • Virtual Access Grid • VRVS provides VAG (VRVS AG Gateway; or Virtual Access Grid) which has full connectivity to the Access Grid and full functionality • VRVS users connected to Access Grid Virtual Venues or any multicast videoconference, have the maximum flexibility to choose from MBone RAT and VIC, H.323, SIP, QuickTime, JMF (Java Media Framework).

  9. VRVS Description • Administration Interface

  10. VRVS Description • Internal Monitoring and Management • one of the key features of VRVS is the integration of the MonALISA (Monitoring Agents in Large Integrated Services Architecture) • MonALISA was adapted and deployed on the VRVS reflectors • information about the topology of the system is collected to monitor and track the traffic among the reflectors and report communication errors and to track the number of clients and active virtual rooms • overall system information is monitored and reported in real time for each reflector: such as the load, CPU usage, and total traffic in and out • dedicated GUI for the VRVS version was developed as a java web-start client - this GUI provides real time information, dynamically, for all the reflectors which are monitored

  11. VRVS Description VRVS/Monalisa Monitoring

  12. Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features • Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features • version 3.3 was released in August 2004 • improved java applet automatically downloads newer versions of VRVS audio and video applications and is able to automatically start and stop RAT and VIC clients • new web navigation allows users easily obtain overview of all ongoing meetings in all communities and then clicking on selected virtual room join the meeting • users can obtain overview of all booked meetings in all communities depending on selected date • communities can contain different groups of users which allows to organize users in a more clear and flexible way

  13. Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features • version 3.3 brings new enhanced versions of VIC and RAT clients with support to the most popular OS (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X). • new GUI is more user-friendly and allows these applications behave (visually) like one audio/video client • new VIC has better compatibility with hardware H.323 clients thanks to fixed problems in the H.261 video codec part and a new feature which prevents video packet reordering causing “frozen” video on some H.323 clients • VIC is able to send still image instead of live video, which can be useful in case when a user doesn’t have camera • new display modes allow managing and arranging video windows on the screen - possible choices are: • normal windows size (tiled CIF windows) • small windows size (tiled QCIF windows) • speaker only (only CIF sized video of the current speaker) • all with speaker (speaker in CIF window and others in QCIF windows)

  14. Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features • PocketVRVS • version 3.3. introduces a VRVS audio/video client (called Pocket VRVS) that runs on a Pocket PC platform • it supports H.261 video standard and G.711 (µ-Law) audio standard • doesn’t allow sending of live video from Pocket PC camera; however users can send CIF sized still image stored in JPEG format • new web based interface for Pocket PC clients (designed for smaller screens) has been created and it includes all the controls available for all the clients (meeting scheduler, booking, etc.) • possibility to connect H.323 device

  15. Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features Pocket PC web based interface PocketVRVS videoconferencing client

  16. Recent Version 3.3 and its Key Features

  17. Version 4 – Future of VRVS • Version 4 – Future of VRVS • next version of VRVS will represent fully a re-architected system with the aim to become a Globally Distributed Self Managed End-to-End Real-time and Secure Infrastructure to support all type of collaborations via video, audio, shared applications and instant messaging serving the research and academic community • reflectors in version 4 will provide a communication channel also for shared applications and Instant Messaging • new reflector functionality will include: • automatic and secure code update • continuous monitoring of network quality • automatic rerouting to obtain the best performance and quality • encryption • automatic alarm notifications when monitored parameters go beyond a preset threshold • access to real-time and historical data

  18. Version 4 – Future of VRVS • new Java-based client with multi OS support will get services (video, audio and data) that match the current resources and capabilities to end user applications • VRVS client will automatically detect system parameters (CPU, memory, etc.) hardware components (audio card, video card, etc.), service capabilities (video, audio, etc.), and network environment (wireless, DSL, available bandwidth, etc.) • new conference scenarios (i.e. e-learning, collaboration meeting, broadcasting, etc.) with privileged users (mute/un-mute the video/audio of any participant, decide who the speaker is, which video should be sent to the remote participants) • version 4 will include implementation of new audio (G.722) and video (H.263, H.264) codecs for RAT, VIC and Pocket VRVS clients • using the MonALISA monitoring software, the system will be able to monitor different type of parameters/processes and send different type of alarms

  19. Discussion Thank you for your attention

  20. Statistics 11268 different Users Registeredfrom 106 Countries

  21. Statistics VRVS supports different Operating Systems according to the need and the demand of the users

  22. Statistics Scheduled Multipoint Videoconference Sessions

  23. Statistics Scheduled Multipoint Videoconference Session Hours