Title: HyperVerse: simulation and testbed reconciled

Authors: Jean Botev, Markus Esch, Hermann Schloss, Ingo Scholtes, Peter Sturm

Addresses: Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication, Computer Science and Communications Unit, University of Luxembourg, L-1359 Luxembourg. ' Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication, Computer Science and Communications Unit, University of Luxembourg, L-1359 Luxembourg. ' Computer Science Department, System Software and Distributed Systems, University of Trier, D-54286 Trier, Germany. ' Computer Science Department, System Software and Distributed Systems, University of Trier, D-54286 Trier, Germany. ' Computer Science Department, System Software and Distributed Systems, University of Trier, D-54286 Trier, Germany

Abstract: When dealing with dynamic large-scale topologies such as those underlying Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Distributed Virtual Environments (DVEs), one inescapably reaches the point where either: a) simulations lack human behaviour and assessment or where b) practical experiments on a small scale do not yield significant results. The restrictions resulting from the separation of simulation and testbed environments hinder a comprehensive assessment and efficient development of adaptive algorithms and techniques for DVEs as they are investigated in our HyperVerse research project. In this paper, we present a hybrid evaluation system designed to combine the advantages of simulations and testbeds. The proposed infrastructure exhibits great flexibility particularly alluring in view of the multitude of potential research in the context of DVEs.

Keywords: DVEs; distributed virtual environments; P2P; peer-to-peer; simulation; testbed experiments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMC.2010.032142

International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2010 Vol.4 No.2, pp.167 - 181

Available online: 11 Mar 2010 *

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