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Design of distributed microcell-based MMOG hosting platforms: impact study of dynamic relocations

Bruno Van Den Bossche UGent, Bart De Vleeschauwer UGent, Filip De Turck UGent, Bart Dhoedt UGent and Piet Demeester UGent (2011) CLUSTER COMPUTING-THE JOURNAL OF NETWORKS SOFTWARE TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS. 14(2). p.145-163
abstract
Networked Virtual Environments (NVEs) and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) in particular offer huge digital environments characterized by tens of thousands of simultaneous users. To maintain a high Quality of Experience (QoE) these applications are typically hosted on dedicated server clusters and require custom management software which relies on knowledge of the inner workings of the application. We propose the concept of microcells in the design of an MMOG hosting platform capable of hosting contiguous virtual worlds. Microcells are small parts of the virtual world which can be relocated, allowing to dynamically distribute the load over multiple servers and the use of generic management software. In order to evaluate the impact of microcell relocations, a platform prototype has been designed and evaluated with three microcell specific load balancing algorithms. The obtained evaluation results are presented in this paper and the impact of the microcell relocations are characterized in detail.
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published
subject
keyword
Massively multiplayer online games, Networked virtual environment, ASSIGNMENT, Service hosting, Microcell, Load distribution algorithms, Dynamic relocations
journal title
CLUSTER COMPUTING-THE JOURNAL OF NETWORKS SOFTWARE TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS
Cluster Comput.
volume
14
issue
2
pages
145 - 163
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000290314300004
JCR category
COMPUTER SCIENCE, THEORY & METHODS
JCR impact factor
0.519 (2011)
JCR rank
74/99 (2011)
JCR quartile
3 (2011)
ISSN
1386-7857
DOI
10.1007/s10586-010-0140-9
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1261333
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1261333
date created
2011-06-14 11:37:01
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:42:15
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  abstract     = {Networked Virtual Environments (NVEs) and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) in particular offer huge digital environments characterized by tens of thousands of simultaneous users. To maintain a high Quality of Experience (QoE) these applications are typically hosted on dedicated server clusters and require custom management software which relies on knowledge of the inner workings of the application. We propose the concept of microcells in the design of an MMOG hosting platform capable of hosting contiguous virtual worlds. Microcells are small parts of the virtual world which can be relocated, allowing to dynamically distribute the load over multiple servers and the use of generic management software. In order to evaluate the impact of microcell relocations, a platform prototype has been designed and evaluated with three microcell specific load balancing algorithms. The obtained evaluation results are presented in this paper and the impact of the microcell relocations are characterized in detail.},
  author       = {Van Den Bossche, Bruno and De Vleeschauwer, Bart and De Turck, Filip and Dhoedt, Bart and Demeester, Piet},
  issn         = {1386-7857},
  journal      = {CLUSTER COMPUTING-THE JOURNAL OF NETWORKS SOFTWARE TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS},
  keyword      = {Massively multiplayer online games,Networked virtual environment,ASSIGNMENT,Service hosting,Microcell,Load distribution algorithms,Dynamic relocations},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {145--163},
  title        = {Design of distributed microcell-based MMOG hosting platforms: impact study of dynamic relocations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10586-010-0140-9},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Van Den Bossche, Bruno, Bart De Vleeschauwer, Filip De Turck, Bart Dhoedt, and Piet Demeester. 2011. “Design of Distributed Microcell-based MMOG Hosting Platforms: Impact Study of Dynamic Relocations.” Cluster Computing-the Journal of Networks Software Tools and Applications 14 (2): 145–163.
APA
Van Den Bossche, Bruno, De Vleeschauwer, B., De Turck, F., Dhoedt, B., & Demeester, P. (2011). Design of distributed microcell-based MMOG hosting platforms: impact study of dynamic relocations. CLUSTER COMPUTING-THE JOURNAL OF NETWORKS SOFTWARE TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS, 14(2), 145–163.
Vancouver
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Van Den Bossche B, De Vleeschauwer B, De Turck F, Dhoedt B, Demeester P. Design of distributed microcell-based MMOG hosting platforms: impact study of dynamic relocations. CLUSTER COMPUTING-THE JOURNAL OF NETWORKS SOFTWARE TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS. 2011;14(2):145–63.
MLA
Van Den Bossche, Bruno, Bart De Vleeschauwer, Filip De Turck, et al. “Design of Distributed Microcell-based MMOG Hosting Platforms: Impact Study of Dynamic Relocations.” CLUSTER COMPUTING-THE JOURNAL OF NETWORKS SOFTWARE TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS 14.2 (2011): 145–163. Print.