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Facebook Developer Garage London - December 2009

Facebook Developer Garage London - December 2009

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  • 1. Project Darkstar Massive Multiplayer Online Games
    • Matt Hosanee
    • StartUps & Emerging Business
    • Sun Microsystems
  • 2. Computer love...
    • I’m a child of the ‘70s
    • My first ‘computer’ 1Mhz 16Kb RAM:
  • 3. technology snapshot
    • server technology designed per game
    • driven by game design
    • not built for scale
    • rebuild almost everything all of the time
    • unstable
    • single platform
  • 4. Server usage - Geo
  • 5. Server usage - shards
  • 6. what are the problems?
    • 10,000 players is not massive
    • game developers are not network engineers
    • it’s not sexy, but is critical!
    • building online games are $30+M investment
    • extremely high rate of failure
    • big companies only (well...mostly)
  • 7. Project darkstar
    • designed for massive scale, persistence and transaction integrity
    • game & client agnostic
    • designed specifically for online video games
    • “ shardless” design
    • written in JavaSE
    • open source - GPLv2
  • 8. Developer benefits
    • highly pluggable - easy to integrate into tool pipeline
    • simplified programming model
    • faster iterations
    • masks multi-thread/processor/machine
    • common across all possible devices
    • remove burden of developing a server platform and just focus on gameplay
  • 9. business benefits
    • supports multiple client devices and languages
    • stimulate new gameplay services and frameworks
    • relieve the operational burden of the datacenter
    • fund multiple projects simultaneously
    • allow small companies to compete
    • complete reuse of infrastructure investment
  • 10. our goals
    • help the video game industry to grow
    • leverage open standards
    • build strong community and collaboration
    • share enterprise solution experience
    • open the market to new ideas
    • level the playing field for new content and experiences to emerge
  • 11. Project wonderland
    • virtual world collaboration
    • leverages standards
    • shared apps
    • shared workspace
    • remote control of real world objects
    • open source
  • 12. Not just Darkstar
  • 13. Examples/Successes http://project-snowman.dev.java.net
  • 14. Online community
    • projectdarkstar.com
    • $0 cost of entry
    • information resources
    • open source
    • community contributions
    • “ the smartest people don’t work for you”
  • 15. Sun StartUp Essentials http://sun.com/startups <6yrs in business <150 people Limited/no money Hosting Consulting/Training Soclal/Business/comarketing No commitment Discounts inc.90%!
  • 16.
    • @scoobeesnac
    • http://blogs.sun.com/startups
    • http://projectdarkstar.com