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).


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.

This page is maintained and made available for educational use by Dr. Gerry Santoro,