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A Middleware for Integrating Components of Modern Distributed Virtual Reality Systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Vasily Y. Kharitonov

Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Moscow, Russia

Paper No. DETC2011-47551, pp. 1471-1480; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2011-47551
From:
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5479-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

Distributed virtual reality systems (DVR systems) represent one of the most intensively developing branches of distributed simulation technology to date. Examples of such systems include various human-in-the-loop applications for training, educational and entertainment purposes. Modern DVR systems require sophisticated data exchange mechanisms to provide consistent and at the same time responsive interaction of a large number of heterogeneous components. While many DVR systems have been implemented in the past decade, there is still exists a lack of universal, easily deployable and extensible framework that enables rapid creation of complete systems from scratch. In this work we present the TerraNet framework which is a middleware allowing an application developer to easily implement and deploy medium-sized DVR systems for specific tasks without direct low-level network programming. TerraNet framework provides a high-level application programming interface to create, manage and distribute objects in a shared virtual environment. In paper we discuss overall framework system architecture, its basic features and functionality, as well as possible practical applications.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Virtual reality

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