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Technical Report

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Human-computer interaction, Virtual reality, Electronic data processing -- Distributed processing, Shared virtual environments, Computer architecture


This paper presents a high level overview of PVW (Partitioned Virtual Worlds), a distributed system architecture for the management of virtual worlds. PVW is designed to support arbitrarily large and complex virtual worlds while accommodating dynamic and highly variable user population and content distribution density. The PVW approach enables the task of simulating and managing the virtual world to be distributed over many servers by spatially partitioning the environment into a hierarchical structure. This structure is useful both for balancing the simulation load across many nodes, as well as features such as geometric simplification and distribution of dynamic content.


Portland State University Computer Science Department Technical Report #10-03, 2010.

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