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Distributed virtual environment scalability and security

Miller, John
Fonte: University of Cambridge; Faculty of Computer Science and Technology; Computer Laboratory; Microsoft Research Cambridge Publicador: University of Cambridge; Faculty of Computer Science and Technology; Computer Laboratory; Microsoft Research Cambridge
Tipo: Thesis; doctoral; PhD
Português
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Distributed virtual environments (DVEs) have been an active area of research and engineering for more than 20 years. The most widely deployed DVEs are network games such as Quake, Halo, and World of Warcraft (WoW), with millions of users and billions of dollars in annual revenue. Deployed DVEs remain expensive centralized implementations despite significant research outlining ways to distribute DVE workloads. This dissertation shows previous DVE research evaluations are inconsistent with deployed DVE needs. Assumptions about avatar movement and proximity - fundamental scale factors - do not match WoW?s workload, and likely the workload of other deployed DVEs. Alternate workload models are explored and preliminary conclusions presented. Using realistic workloads it is shown that a fully decentralized DVE cannot be deployed to today?s consumers, regardless of its overhead. Residential broadband speeds are improving, and this limitation will eventually disappear. When it does, appropriate security mechanisms will be a fundamental requirement for technology adoption. A trusted auditing system (?Carbon?) is presented which has good security, scalability, and resource characteristics for decentralized DVEs. When performing exhaustive auditing...