Towards the 3D Web with Open Simulator

Iain Angus Oliver, Alan Henry David Miller, Colin Allison, Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy, Lisa Dow, Anne Campbell, Christopher John Davies, John Philip McCaffery

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Continuing advances and reduced costs in computational power, graphics processors and network bandwidth have led to 3D immersive multi-user virtual worlds becoming increasingly accessible while offering an improved and engaging Quality of Experience. At the same time the functionality of the World Wide Web continues to expand alongside the computing infrastructure it runs on and pages can now routinely accommodate many forms of interactive multimedia components as standard features - streaming video for example. Inevitably there is an emerging expectation that the Web will expand further to incorporate immersive 3D environments. This is exciting because humans are well adapted to operating in 3D environments and it is challenging because existing software and skill sets are focused around competencies in 2D Web applications. Open Simulator (OpenSim) is a freely available open source tool-kit that empowers users to create and deploy their own 3D environments in the same way that anyone can create and deploy a Web site. Its characteristics can be seen as a set of references as to how the 3D Web could be instantiated. This paper describes experiments carried out with OpenSim to better understand network and system issues, and presents experience in using OpenSim to develop and deliver applications for education and cultural heritage. Evaluation is based upon observations of these applications in use and measurements of systems both in the lab and in the wild.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of AINA 2013
Subtitle of host publicationThe 27th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications
EditorsLeonard Barolli, Fatos Xhafa, Makoto Takizawa, Tomoya Enokido, Hui-Huang Hsu
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, CA
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7695-4953-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-5550-6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2013
Event27th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) 2013 - Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 25 Mar 201328 Mar 2013


Conference27th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA) 2013


  • Open Virtual Worlds
  • Quality of Experience
  • Experiential Learning
  • System Evaluation
  • 3D Web


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