Video collaboration service

QCIF operates a large-format video collaboration system based on Access Grid which enables communication among dispersed groups and allows group-to-group and multi-group two-way video and sound. Meetings can be between two locations – or can have more than a dozen different sites attending. It can be used on a personal basis but is particularly well-suited to larger installations requiring more advanced audio/video capabilities that are needed for large groups.

System benefits include:

  • Audio control includes a mixer for balancing sound levels amongst meeting participants
  • Video and audio services are highly configurable, allowing rapid switching between optimal configurations for different usage requirements
  • Network traffic can make use of multicast capability (or unicast)
  • Connection to EVO-based facilities is available via a communications bridge
  • Desktop Streaming allows sharing of presentations, documents, web pages and computer program displays for enhanced collaboration
  • Shared files for easy data transmission during a meeting
  • Shared control via virtual network computing
  • Text chat within a meeting for instant written communication
  • Configurable for low-bandwidth use
  • Remote maintenance of operations


Most modern hardware should perform adequately for a modest Access Grid node, such as a single or few-user installation, where a single high-grade machine may prove sufficient. As with many applications which involve video acquisition and display, the more RAM and the higher grade the machine's video card/s, the better. For larger room sizes – which may require multiple cameras and microphones, as well as three (or more) displays – it is recommended to use multiple machines to take care of the displays and audio and video capture services.
There are more than 30 Access Grid nodes in Australia and more than 200 around the world. Queensland universities with dedicated AccessGrid rooms and technical support include UQ, QUT, CQU, and JCU.

UQ AccessGrid room booking and support
QUT AccessGrid room booking and support
CQU AccessGrid room booking and support
JCU AccessGrid room booking and support

Looking for AccessGrid node info outside of Queensland? There are over 300 nodes around the world. Read more

Video Collaboration

At the heart of the global eResearch initiative is the need for enhanced collaboration. Researchers in different geographical regions need to be able to communicate effectively and share data in order to further their research outcomes. QCIF provides free video collaboration systems for researchers throughout Australia.


The SeeVogh desktop collaboration service enables people to use a single personal computer or laptop (using Windows, Mac OSX or Linux operating systems) to share ideas, data and documents with others.

           >Launch SeeVogh                            >More on SeeVogh


For large scale group video conferencing we recommend the AccessGrid service. AccessGrid video conference rooms are located at most Australian universities. The AccessGrid group collaboration service allows large-scale communication among dispersed groups requiring more advanced audio/video capabilities. These solutions provide researchers the ability to interact in an environment that facilitates teamwork and culminates in world-class research.

           >More on AccessGrid                >AccessGrid facilities in Queensland

For Industry

QCIF Industry Innovation Program

QCIF straddles the business and research worlds creating opportunities for accelerating innovation. Our industry innovation program fosters and develops computationally-based projects between industry, government and member universities. The collaborative projects bring together university member research and computational expertise, and industry domain experience, to address complex challenges.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Applications where government and business can immediate rapid benefit from large-scale computation, data management, analysis and visualisation
  • Research teams to collaborate with government and business identifying opportunities and scoping the application of their research
  • New research initiated as a result of issues identified during R&D projects conducted for industry and government
  • Research transitioned to commercial and government utilisation through QCIF experience and “foundry” processes
  • QCIF R&D project management and software engineering skills to adapt research into profitable applications where necessary
  • Government and industry recruitment of graduates with the skills to take prototypes of advanced applications into production

The innovation program is aimed at all types of businesses from Small Medium Enterprises through to large mutli-nationals. QCIF may provide some seed funding and can help identify funding sources to leverage business investment in the program.
For more information regarding the program please contact:

Franz Eilert  
Industry Innovation Manager
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Phone: +61 04 0171 0272

Get an Account

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for the use of HPC infrastructure, including Barrine and the National Computational Infrastructure (scroll down for NCI account instructions)

High performance computing facilities are located at each of the QCIF member partners. If you are a staff member or student at QUT, Griffith, JCU, CQU, or USQ, please contact your local HPC/eResearch department initially:

    HPC@Griffith   HPC@JCU   HPC@CQU   HPC@USQ

The main QCIF HPC facility (Barrine) is located at UQ. It is also available to staff and research students at the QCIF member universities.

This is how you get an account on Barrine:

You are a researcher with a UQ login and email: You are a researcher without a UQ
login and email

  • Send an email with the subject “HPC account request – with UQ login” to
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include your contact details and a short description of your project
  • If your request is approved, an HPC account will be created for you. Your access details will be provided in a return email
  • Send an email with the subject
    “HPC account request – without UQ login” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include your contact details and a short description of your project
  • If your request is approved, a form will be emailed to you. It will allow you to get a UQ identity
  • Submit the completed form to the
    UQ ITS Service Centre (the details are on the form)
  • A UQ identity will be created for you and an email will be sent to you with the information
  • Login with your UQ identity to and reset your password

The Barrine facility website provides details about how to use the HPC facility.

After you have obtained an HPC account you are free to use and experiment with the facility.

It is important that the HPC usage is shared fairly, so if you become a significant user, we will contact you and request that you provide a project proposal. Each user, however, needs to set up an account first.

Get an account on the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)