RICE is a collaboration tool software that supports use-cases in remote instrumentation sessions. It can be used by instructors and researchers to train students or conduct research on computer-controlled scientific instruments (e.g. electron microscopes, NMRs, telescopes) from remote locations on the Internet. The RICE software integrates instruments, compute, and storage resources via custom-built VNC solutions and web-services. It provides real-time multi-site collaboration (instant messaging, user presence status, and instrument control-lock passing) along with centralized handling of user accounts/privileges, and data for remote analytics. RICE also has a network health (e.g. latency, packet loss) monitoring feature that warns and blocks instrument user?s control-actions during impending and extreme network congestion periods to avoid inadvertent instrument damage. "Proof-of-concept" versions of RICE are being customized to support idiosyncrasies of different high-end multi-million-dollar instruments such as the 850 MHz NMR at Miami University, a Raman-FTIR Micro-Spectrometer at The Ohio State University, and a Scanning Electron Microscope at The Ohio State University.
Figure 1: Cyber-enabled 850 MHz NMR at Miami University
Figure 2: Cyber-enabled Raman-FTIR Microprobe Instrument at The Ohio State University
 Prasad Calyam, Abdul Kalash, Neil Ludban, Sowmya Gopalan, Siddharth Samsi, Karen Tomko, David E. Hudak, Ashok Krishnamurthy, “Experiences from Cyberinfrastructure Development for Multi-user Remote Instrumentation”, 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, 2008.
 Prasad Calyam, Abdul Kalash, Ramya Gopalan, Sowmya Gopalan, Ashok Krishnamurthy, “RICE: A Reliable and Efficient Remote Instrumentation Collaboration Environment”, Journal of Advances in Multimedia’s special issue on “Multimedia Immersive Technologies and Networking”, 2008.
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