Synchronous Conferencing & IRC
This page last updated 27-May-96
Synchronous conferencing has been available in a number of
forms since the bitnet network was developed. Current
Internet-based systems for synchronous conferencing
include IRC, FirstClass and CU-SeeME.
Internet Relay Chat
The most widely used and powerful system for synchronous chat on
the Internet is the Internet Relat Chat (IRC).
- Penn State has a local IRC server available for use by classes, clubs
and any other memebers of the psu.edu domain. Here is more
information about the
Vclass IRC server.
- Here is a
link to Yahoo resources regarding
- Here is a link to a local directory with a few good
- Here is a link to Quarterdeck's simple and easy
Global Chat IRC client.
- Here is a link to the
- Here is some
from the University of Michigan.
- Here is a link to some IRC documentation for
- Here is a link to a number of serious and humorous
documents about IRC.
- Here is information about many different
The FirstClass system (by
SoftArc, Inc.) supports synchronous and asynchronous
communication, and is used by some Penn State courses.
Other Synchronous Chat services
There are other services for synchronous chat on the Internet. Following
is an abridged list.
- Web-Chat is a simple, web-based chatting system.
Here is a link to info about
- Cornell U's CU-SeeMe is a system for interactive videoconferencing.
Here is a link to the
CU-SeeMe Home Page
This page is maintained and made available for educational use by
Dr. Gerry Santoro,