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80. Re: More on Offline SimCity Mar 13, 2013, 17:21 Crustacean Soup
ViRGE wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 16:52:
JohnnyRotten wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 13:16:
The region processing cannot be very CPU and/or RAM intensive at all. How could it be? 23 servers CPU's and RAM for tens of thousands (at least) of players at once. The amount of CPU/RAM slice per player must be very thin indeed for this to work at all.
You're being too literal. A "server" in this case would be a server cluster composed of an unknown number of nodes. There's at least one beefy machine doing all of the database work, they may have a proxy layer, nodes doing the regional simulation, etc. We have no way of knowing precisely how many individual drive a server cluster, but I'd expect there to be a lot of them handling the regional sim.
This speaks to how difficult it would be to pull the regional stuff off of the servers and put it in an offline version. The server environment is entirely different from what an individual with a single computer has. There's a lot intercommunication that would have to be simulated/changed, there's database servers, it's all probably running in a (/ many) different OSs and software environment(s) that consumers wouldn't be running the game on. Getting this stuff all on the client is not the flip of a switch that some people are characterizing it as.

But it still can't be extremely computationally expensive. It wouldn't be economically-feasible if running a single region consumed more (or anywhere near as much) resources than a gamer has available on their home computer, and I doubt that the added efficiency of running many regions simultaneously shaves off enough compute power to make it necessary that it run on a server / cluster of servers.
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