Friday, October 12, 2007

3D Web - One Avatar One Server

Tech titans seek virtual world interoperability

By Daniel Terdiman
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: October 12, 2007, 4:00 AM PDT

..representatives from 23 companies and institutions gathered here for a meeting organized around the principle of investigating what it will take to make virtual-world interoperability a reality. The offensive continued Thursday with a keynote address on the subject given by Christian Renaud, the chief architect of networked virtual environments for Cisco.

And while there is no formal leader of the interoperability movement, it seems that the ones fronting the charge, in the U.S. at least, are Renaud and Peter Hagger, a senior technical staff member of IBM's emerging technology and standards group.....

While this was going on I was attending Zero Linden's meeting in Second Life on The Open Source Grid Architecture. There the discussion at one point focused on how to have a Simulator support 20,000 avatars, as in a rock concert or large corporate event. I could not help but wonder why the architecture was stuck at Server = SIM, and not Server = Avatar. I will be writing on this idea more as time progresses, and as The Architecture of the 3D Web develops.

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