CyberWalk : A Web-Based Distributed Virtual Walkthrough Environment

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-515
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


A distributed virtual walkthrough environment allows users connected to the geometry server to walk through a specific place of interest, without having to travel physically. This place of interest may be a virtual museum, virtual library or virtual university. There are two basic approaches to distribute the virtual environment from the geometry server to the clients, complete replication and on-demand transmission. Although the on-demand transmission approach saves waiting time and optimizes network usage, many technical issues need to be addressed in order for the system to be interactive. CyberWalk is a web-based distributed virtual walkthrough system developed based on the on-demand transmission approach. It achieves the necessary performance with a multiresolution caching mechanism. First, it reduces the model transmission and rendering times by employing a progressive multiresolution modeling technique. Second, it reduces the Internet response time by providing a caching and prefetching mechanism. Third, it allows a client to continue to operate, at least partially, when the Internet is disconnected. The caching mechanism of CyberWalk tries to maintain at least a minimum resolution of the object models in order to provide at least a coarse view of the objects to the viewer. All these features allow CyberWalk to provide sufficient interactivity to the user for virtual walkthrough over the Internet environment. In this paper, we demonstrate the design and implementation of CyberWalk. We investigate the effectiveness of the multiresolution caching mechanism of CyberWalk in supporting virtual walkthrough applications in the Internet environment through numerous experiments, both on the simulation system and on the prototype system.

Research Area(s)

  • Distributed virtual environments, Model prefetching, Multiresolution caching, Multiresolution modeling, Virtual walkthrough

Citation Format(s)

CyberWalk: A Web-Based Distributed Virtual Walkthrough Environment. / Chim, Jimmy; Lau, Rynson W.H.; Leong, Hong Va et al.
In: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Vol. 5, No. 4, 12.2003, p. 503-515.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review