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Authors: Amirali Sanatinia ; Iain A. Oliver ; Alan H. D. Miller and Colin Allison

Affiliation: University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

ISBN: 978-989-8565-05-1

Keyword(s): Multimedia, Performance Measurement, Virtual Worlds, OpenSim, Virtualization.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Cloud Applications Performance and Monitoring ; Cloud Computing ; Cloud Computing Enabling Technology ; Cloud Delivery Models ; Energy and Economy ; Fundamentals ; Load Balancing in Smart Grids ; Monitoring of Services, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreements ; Platforms and Applications ; Service Monitoring and Control ; Services Science ; Smart Grids ; Virtualization Technologies

Abstract: Multi User Virtual Worlds provide a simulated immersive 3D environment that is similar to the real world. Popular examples include Second Life and OpenSim. The multi-user nature of these simulations means that there are significant computational demands on the processes that render the different avatar-centric views of the world for each participant, which change with every movement or interaction each participant makes. Maintaining quality of experience can be difficult when the density of avatars within the same area suddenly grows beyond a relatively small number. As such virtual worlds have a dynamic resource-on-demand need that could conceivably be met by Cloud technologies. In this paper we make a start to assessing the feasibility of using the Cloud for virtual worlds by measuring the performance of virtual worlds in virtual machines of the type used for Clouds. A suitable benchmark is researched and formulated and the construction of a test-bed for carrying out load experiment s is described. The system is then used to evaluate the performance of virtual worlds running in virtual machines. The results are presented and analysed before presenting the design of a system that we have built for managing virtual worlds in the Cloud. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Sanatinia, A.; A. Oliver, I.; H. D. Miller, A. and Allison, C. (2012). VIRTUAL MACHINES FOR VIRTUAL WORLDS.In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-8565-05-1, pages 108-113. DOI: 10.5220/0003932701080113

author={Amirali Sanatinia. and Iain A. Oliver. and Alan H. D. Miller. and Colin Allison.},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},


JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
SN - 978-989-8565-05-1
AU - Sanatinia, A.
AU - A. Oliver, I.
AU - H. D. Miller, A.
AU - Allison, C.
PY - 2012
SP - 108
EP - 113
DO - 10.5220/0003932701080113

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