The coursework focus of is CS340V a research project of publishable quality.
Virtual worlds raise many networked systems issues, including object storage,
consistency, addressing, migration, and routing. Each week has two class
meetings. In the Tuesday meeting, we'll go over a pair of papers, one
presented by the instructors, which everyone reads, and one presented by
a student. The Thursday meeting is a lab, where people working on
the Meru virtual world platform help students with the code base and
Paper readings and lectures are staggered, so that we read papers the
week after some introductory material to provide context.
Each student is responsible for writing a short summary of the papers the
which must be sent to the instructor and TA before 12:01 AM of the day
the paper is discussed. The summary should be less than 500 words, articulate
the key contributions of the paper, note important weaknesses with respect
to virtual worlds, and
postulate how the paper's ideas could be applied to virtual worlds.
Each student can miss one
writeup; when you do this, still send email, but
say that you're taking your freebie.