Serpens for Kepler
The project Video-conferences in PIONIER network aims to make the newest, hi-tech VC infrastructure and tools accessible for educational and research society. In particular it is meant to create video-conferencing system based on Full HD (1080p). This solution is newness in VC domain and makes virtual meetings with highest quality possible.
A dedicated web portal is also anticipated as enlargement and conjunction of VC infrastructure.
Automatic booking for VC resources via web interface will be the main goal of the portal. Also management and usage control of infrastructure will be in scope of software features.
Web portal will also provide informational and educational services for end user, as TTS, mailing lists and detailed guidelines for usage of infrastructure.
Solution based on centrally located MCU is optimal one, since efficient and reliable backbone network PIONIER guarantees connections with very small communication delays between terminals and MCU. This makes videoconferencing with highest quality possible and reliable.
Key technical assumption for implementing videoconferencing infrastructure is H.323 protocol handling with possibility of using voice connections, based on SIP protocol.
Additional goals of the project are:
- close collaboration of national and international research centers;
- common fruition of projects;
- new tools for various branches of science (e.g. telemedicine);
- support of local governments initiatives, e.g. through better cooperation between cities and communes in Europe and in the world;
- new communication possibilities in emergency situations.
The second part of project will focus on design and implementation of management system. Interactive web application will help to book videoconferencing resources and will be part of VC portal. It will contain detailed description of available services and current state of videoconferencing infrastructure development. Server equipment will be directly connected to backbone network with Gigabit Ethernet links. Dedicated power supply and appropriate operating conditions (in air-conditioned server rooms) will be also assured, as well as 24h supervision. Infrastructure will be installed in 22 leading units of PIONIER network, which will also become local centers for VC popularizing and preaching. All installed equipment will follow up-to-the-minute standards defined for H.323 videoconferencing services.
- create and book VC room on MCU;
- choose graphical arrangement of remote parties pictures on the screen;
- invite participants;
- restrict VC participants to allowed (invited) ones;
- operate in multilingual environment;
- manage user accounts;
- monitor, control and remotely manage video-conferences.
Most of described functionality will be available via web browser.
The stand of Consortium PIONIER and Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center enjoyed great interest of conference attendees this year. Network users could see there the results of Polish videoconference infrastructure in the PIONIER network, as well as remote, network, high-resolution video transmission - 4K, four times greater than modern, universal HD.