Date of Award:

5-2012

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Computer Science

Committee Chair(s)

Daniel Watson

Committee

Daniel Watson

Committee

Donald Cooley

Committee

Nicholas Flann

Committee

Ming Li

Committee

Jacob Gunther

Abstract

Massively multiplayer online environments continue to grow in popularity, with cur- rent technical designs based upon a well-proven client-server model. This approach has some inherent limitations, high costs to provision server resources for peak demands and restriction of the maximum number of concurrent participants within a virtual environ- ment. Incorporating peer-to-peer (P2P) techniques provides developers the opportunity to significantly reduce costs, while also breaking through the barrier of the number of concur- rent participants within a single virtual environment. This dissertation presents a hybrid P2P design incorporating a managed server along with a Voronoi-based P2P overlay for the development of massive virtual environments. In this design, the managed server en- sures a secure computing environment and long-term persistent storage, with the virtual environment simulation distributed among the peers, ensuring computational scalability.

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Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on April 10, 2012.

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