Author(s)Oliver, Iain Angus
Miller, Alan Henry David
Kennedy, Sarah Elizabeth
Davies, Christopher John
McCaffery, John Philip
KeywordsOpen Virtual Worlds
Quality of Experience
QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
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AbstractContinuing advances and reduced costs in computational power, graphics processors and network bandwidth have led to 3D immersive multi-user virtual worlds becoming increasingly accessible while offering an improved and engaging Quality of Experience. At the same time the functionality of the World Wide Web continues to expand alongside the computing infrastructure it runs on and pages can now routinely accommodate many forms of interactive multimedia components as standard features - streaming video for example. Inevitably there is an emerging expectation that the Web will expand further to incorporate immersive 3D environments. This is exciting because humans are well adapted to operating in 3D environments and it is challenging because existing software and skill sets are focused around competencies in 2D Web applications. Open Simulator (OpenSim) is a freely available open source tool-kit that empowers users to create and deploy their own 3D environments in the same way that anyone can create and deploy a Web site. Its characteristics can be seen as a set of references as to how the 3D Web could be instantiated. This paper describes experiments carried out with OpenSim to better understand network and system issues, and presents experience in using OpenSim to develop and deliver applications for education and cultural heritage. Evaluation is based upon observations of these applications in use and measurements of systems both in the lab and in the wild.
Oliver , I A , Miller , A H D , Allison , C , Kennedy , S E , Dow , L , Campbell , A , Davies , C J & McCaffery , J P 2013 , ' Towards the 3D Web with Open Simulator ' . in L Barolli , F Xhafa , M Takizawa , T Enokido & H-H Hsu (eds) , Proceedings of AINA 2013 : The 27th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications . IEEE , Los Alamitos, CA , pp. 900-909 , 27th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) 2013 , Barcelona , Spain , 25-28 March .