ESNW Access Grid Node - Room 1.10, Kilburn Building
This node was completed in November 2004 and is a state-of-the-art combined passive stereo visualization suite as well as an Access Grid facility. It was funded by e-Science North West and is the first in the rollout programme of University nodes to encourage e-Science. It is suitable for normal meetings and collaborations.
Facilities within the ESNW AG node include:
- Document Viewer (to be sent out over the AG or projected locally)
- Laptop video (to be projected locally)
- Laptop/Auxiliar audio (to be played locally)
Capacity: 25 people
The ESNW AG node is located in:
Room 1.10 - Computer Science Department
The University of Manchester, Kilburn Building
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Room Telephone: 0161 275 0693
Telco telephone: 0161 275 0141
How to book this AG node?
To book this room, please use:
For further information regarding the booking service:
For general booking and AG session queries:
- Call the Access Grid Support Centre on 0161 275 5997
How to operate the AG in the ESNW AG node?
Powering up the equipment for an AG session
Before the start of an Access Grid session, you will need to power up the projectors, the speakers, the cameras and the IOCOM cube.
You will need to make sure that the IOCOM cube is powered up. The IOCOM cube is located in room 1.15, behind the front wall. To access room 1.15, leave the AG room (1.10) via the side door and turn left after the first set of desks, turn left again immediately and enter the little office in front of you. Once in this office, room 1.15 can be accessed through a door on your left.
The projectors are shared with a passive stereovisualisation system. The stereo system uses six projectors of which three are also used by the Access Grid. Those are the projectors in the upper row and have numbers 2, 4 and 6 (numbers are displayed at the back of the projectors). You will need to power up only these projectors using the AMX touch panel. To do so, tap on SYSTEM and MONO POWER.
You will need to make sure that the microphones to be used in the AG session are connected to any of the 7 XLR ports in the floor boxes.
Cameras and Document Viewer
Four cameras have been installed for use with the AG. The three front cameras are linked directly to the inSORS box. The fourth camera, situated above the operator's console, can be switched with the document viewer. A video switcher on the operator�s desk will allow you to switch between these two sources by pressing the left button (the right button will not work). Channel 1 is the camera and channel 2 is the document viewer. Channels 3 and 4 are not connected. If you use the remote control, select channels 1 or 2 in the "TV-1 SELECT" row.
To use the Document Viewer, connect the red pin from the cable connected to it to the port labelled DOCUMENT READER in the front left corner floor box and turn the Document Viewer on.
To configure all display, video and audio settings to work with the Access Grid, do:
- Tap on DISPLAY and then GRID.
- Tap on AUDIO and then GRID.
Conducting AG sessions
While conducting AG sessions, you can change the following settings:
- Audio settings via the software on the IOCOM cube or the touch panel.
- Video settings via the software on the IOCOM cube.
- Gentner settings via the software on the IOCOM cube.
- 4th video source (document viewer/back camera) via the video switcher.
When the AG session is finished, please make sure that you turn the document viewer and the projectors off. To power down the projectors, tap SYSTEM and POWER OFF in the AMX touch panel.