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Title: A multi-server architecture for distributed virtual walkthrough
Authors: Ng, B
Si, A
Lau, R
Li, F
Issue Date: 2002
Source: VRST '02 Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, Hong Kong, 11-13 November, 2002, p. 163-170
Abstract: CyberWalk is a distributed virtual walkthrough system that we have developed. It allows users at different geographical locations to share information and interact within a common virtual environment (VE) via a local network or through the Internet. In this paper, we illustrate that when the number of users exploring the VE increases, the server will quickly become the bottleneck. To enable good performance, CyberWalk utilizes multiple servers and employs an adaptive data partitioning techniques to dynamically partition the whole VE into regions. All objects within each region will be managed by one server. Under normal circumstances, when a viewer is exploring a region, the server of that region will be responsible for serving all requests from the viewer. When a viewer is crossing the boundary of two or more regions, the servers of all the regions involved will be serving requests from the viewer since the viewer might be able to view objects within all those regions. We evaluate the performance of this multi-server architecture of CyberWalk via a detail simulation model.
Keywords: Data partition and replication
Distributed virtual environments
Multi-server architecture
ISBN: 1-58113-530-0
DOI: 10.1145/585740.585768
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