The first online computer game designed to accommodate a million simultaneous players will be previewed on Friday.
The game, called Rekonstruction, is not scheduled for commercial release until autumn 2004. But some of the challenges involved with building it will
be revealed at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California.
Creating a large virtual world that does not repeat itself is very time consuming and hence expensive, says Chris DiBona of Damage Studios, the
company behind the game. The large multiplayer games currently online usually take one world and then repeat it. For example, the game Everquest
supports 450,000 users, but is split into 32 segregated segments.
In contrast, Rekonstruction will aim to provide up to a million users with a single unique world. To try to overcome the problem of creating the vast
amount of unique content needed, automated programs will be employed to generate the virtual world with a minimum of intervention from human
Furthermore, the players themselves will generate new content by reconstructing their world - the game is set 400 years into the future after a
catastrophic asteroid strike devastates Earth.......
A distributed supercomputer games network now in development could for the first time enable more than a million people to play graphics-rich games
together via the internet.
When the "Butterfly Grid" is up and running, its creators say that online games will run faster, be more reliable and may never need to shut down
.....Butterfly currently has 50 IBM servers as part of its network. Penberthy says this would allow roughly 5000 simultaneous users but as many
servers as required can be added: "Essentially, it's unlimited computing power."
The project borrows techniques developed to seamlessly connect scientific computers for research. Scientific supercomputer "grids" are built from
protocols that allow different computers to share power and storage via the internet.
AHAHAHAHA PLANETSIDE OWNS ALL OTHER MASSIVE ONLINE GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!! except when they patch the beta. that sucks. But still a multplayer uBer Halo
online what more can you ask for except a non beta version?
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