Correction - Abel Gordon's talk (the one after Alexandru Iosup's) will be
two week after (on June 17th)
Sorry for the mixup.

On Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM, Eli Billauer <> wrote:

> On Monday, June 3rd at 18:30, Haifux will gather to hear a talk by
> Alexandru Iosup:
>    Massivizing OpenTTD: Distributed Computing Challenges and Quality Time
> Abstract
> Hundreds of online games entertain over 250,000,000 online gamers in a
> maturing global market of over 30 billion Euros. A popular game genre is
> Real Time Strategy (RTS), which includes games such as StarCraft II (one of
> the best-selling games of 2010). Although Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games
> already entertain hundreds of millions of online players, the current games
> do not scale. For example, even popular RTS games such as the StarCraft
> series support in the same game instance only up to 16 players and up to
> only 3-400 moving units. We present the rationale for and the design of a
> massively multiplayer online RTS (MMORTS) game, OpenTTD@large.OpenTTD@largeis 
> a derivative work from the popular open-source game OpenTTD, which in
> turn has derived from the economic simulator Transport Tycoon Deluxe.
> We begin by analyzing the current technical and design limitations of
> OpenTTD--although this game can service its target audience of 8-16 online
> players very well, scaling it to even hundreds of players is currently not
> possible.
> We further present an approach to co-scale the platform and the design of
> OpenTTD, towards the OpenTTD@large MMORTS platform. We present here the
> new game design and three elements of our approach: a new approach for
> trading-off consistency for latency to support the future scalable game
> world, a game analytics back-end to support the future social component of
> the game design, and a mobile offloading system to support the future
> mobile component of the game platform.
> (Warning: OpenTTD@large is ongoing work, and has many research and
> technical unknowns.)
> The talk will be given in English.
> TEAM: Alexandru Iosup (Project Lead/Pricipal Investigator), Otto Visser
> (Lead Dev/Lead Valorization), Siqi Shen (Lead Researcher), Yong Guo (Lead
> Researcher), Alexandru Olteanu (Lead Researcher), Marcin Biczak (Lead
> Dev/Researcher), Lucas van Dijk (Dev)
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> We meet in Taub building, room 6. For instructions see:
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> Attendance is free, and you are all invited!
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> Future lectures:
> NOTE: The next meeting is just a week away!
> 10/06/13 ELVIS -- Ef´Čücient and Scalable Paravirtual I/O System:
>          Abel Gordon
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