Rob Bartlett and Alex Needham, WTFast, Kelowna, BC
Trevor Alstad, Brad French, Simon Detlor, Heath Caswell, Zane Ouimet and Marc Schroth, BCIS Program and Youry Khmelevsky, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College, BC
GPN-Perf: Investigating Performance of Game Private Networks (NSERC CCI ARD Level 1 Project Results)
Talk Abstract: Online video games are interactive competitions among individual players competing in a virtual environment. A Gamers Private Network, or GPNTM, connects players to a common game service across the Internet. In this talk we will describe an experimental, local, and virtualized investigation of the parameters for minimal and stable connection latency in GPNs. Our conclusions isolate the effect of player type and number, activity vs idleness, and router and server virtualization. They provide a clear basis for future modelling and predictive use of latency information in GPNs. Nine Computer Science students in COSC 470 Software Engineering Project course started a related capstone project. They were able to develop a new simulation bot for the Minecraft online game and a new SW engineering prototype.
This work has been funded by NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research and Development Grant Level-1 (July – December 2014).
- Rob Bartlett: Founder/CEO, WTFast. He is 15 year serial Internet entrepreneur, 11 years in online gaming. The WTFast team is comprised of seasoned professionals and successful entrepreneurs experienced in the gaming, private network and freemium model spaces.
- Trevor Alstad: NSERC CCI ARD Level 1 project lead. He is an undergraduate student of BCIS program, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College. He is graduating in the Summer 2015. His joint research paper “Minecraft computer game simulation and network performance analysis” received the Best Paper Award at The 2nd International Conferences on Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision, and Game Technology (VisioGame 2014, 29-30 November, 2014). Trevor is a founding director of Outdoors Okanagan Society, and Chief Technical Officer of current local web based project for the society. His family, including his five children, are involved in several community based projects such as the Adopt a Stream program and Yellow Fish Road program through the City of Kelowna.
- Brad French, Simon Detlor, Heath Caswell, Zane Ouimet and Marc Schroth are the COSC 470 SW Engineering capstone project students, BCIS Program, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
Refreshments will be provided by IEEE Okanagan Subsection and by Okanagan College. Registration Page: http://is.gd/xeGAtV