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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
  • 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


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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