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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)
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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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Massively multiplayer online games, Networked virtual environment, ASSIGNMENT, Service hosting, Microcell, Load distribution algorithms, Dynamic relocations

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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},
}

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