"Simultaneous real-time grid-enabled collaboration"
MedVis is an ARC LIEF-funded platform shared across RMIT, Monash University and the University of Melbourne's Florey Institute. While designed for medical modelling and image analysis, MedVis’ grid software can also be adapted for other purposes. Medvis was a sandpit DMZ that allowed seamless collaboration with a sister facility at Monash University by appearing outside the RMIT perimeter firewall.
MedVis enabled simultaneous, real-time, grid-enabled collaboration over its distributed locations. It also allowed access to global clusters and supercomputers and cluster access to the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC). This is mediated by advanced grid-enabled software and grid workflow systems.
The system is no longer maintained but individual workstations and servers have been running and serving for special experimental development as part of novel collaboration and visualisation platforms. The system consisted of high-end Apple Mac Pro workstations, each with up to 8 large cinema monitors and a stack of parallel Xserve systems the sites were connected by high-end networks with special DMZ configuration.
Partial funding by the ARC-LIEF program is gratefully acknowledged.