NSDI '06 Abstract
Pp. 155168 of the Proceedings
Colyseus: A Distributed Architecture for Online Multiplayer Games
Ashwin Bharambe, Jeffrey Pang, and Srinivasan Seshan,
Carnegie Mellon University
This paper presents the design, implementation, and
evaluation of Colyseus, a distributed architecture for
interactive multiplayer games. Colyseus takes advantage of a
game's tolerance for weakly consistent state and predictable workload
to meet the tight latency constraints of game-play and maintain
scalable communication costs.
In addition, it provides a rich
distributed query interface and effective pre-fetching subsystem to
help locate and replicate objects before they are accessed at a node.
We have implemented Colyseus and
modified Quake II, a popular first person shooter game, to
use it. Our measurements of Quake II and our own Colyseus-based
game with hundreds of players shows that Colyseus
effectively distributes game traffic across the
participating nodes, allowing Colyseus to support
low-latency game-play for an order of magnitude more players than
existing single server designs, with similar per-node
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