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The work addresses the topic of software integration in the context of complex virtual reality applications. We propose a novel method to render in a single graphical context objects handled by separate programs based on different VR frameworks, even when the various applications are running on different machines. Our technique is based on a network rendering architecture, where both origin and destination applications communicate through a set of protocols that deliver compressed graphical instructions and keep the machines synchronized. Existing applications require minimal changes in order to be compatible with our system; in particular we tested the validity of our approach on a number of rendering frameworks (Ogre3D, OpenSceneGraph, Torque, XVR). We believe that our technique can solve many integration burdens typically encountered in practical situations.
Virtual Reality Conference, 2009. VR 2009. IEEE
Date of Conference: 14-18 March 2009