OSGrid celebrates four years of OpenSim

OSGrid, the largest grid running on the OpenSim software, is celebrating its fourth birthday this weekend with parties, games, tours, and training classes.

OSGrid 4th birthday celebration party. (Image courtesy Michael Cerquoni.)

OSGrid currently has 6,896 regions and more than 63,000 registered users.

By comparison, the next-largest grid, ScienceSim, has around 1,800 regions — but many of those are scalability testing regions, since the grid only has 1,783 total registered users. And the largest commercial grid, Avination, has just 925 regions a little over 35,000 users.

Part of its success is due to OSGrid’s longevity. Avination, for example, celebrated its first birthday earlier this month.

OSGrid’s size has posed challenges that no other grid has had to meet, challenges in how to optimize the size of the asset cache, for example, and how to keep the grid map up to date even as regions are connected and disconnected by their users.

Crista Lopes

But OSGrid’s trailblazing efforts have made this job easier for all other grids that come after it.

“Running OSGrid is a daunting task,” said hypergrid inventor Crista Lopes, professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the core developers of OpenSim. “The people who do it are some of the best testers and community managers that I know of. I’m very thankful for their work and for their contributions to the OpenSimulator project.”

Schedule of events

  • All day July 22nd – 23rd: Dance Party at region Lani, Throne Room and Pyramid Ballroom with Costume Party, dress as you like
  • All day July 22nd – 23rd: RolePlay Combat, Challenges, and Duels at region ixi, desert caves area and The Great Hall of Combat
  • July 22nd at 19.00 UTC: Friday Dance Party OSgrid Birthday Special at region Close Encounter
  • July 22nd at 23.00 UTC: Live music by Rafaella Docherty and streamed western for four hours at Western Saloon at region Calamity Farm
  • All day July 23rd: Art installation with paintings from Rainer Hübner on region CB Showroom
  • July 23rd at 10.00 UTC: Guided tour of OSgrid with demonstration of building by Larysa Firehawk. The tour will be display on a big screen in RL Australia.
  • July 23rd at 19.00 UTC: Psytrance dance party “Living picture” at region CB Showroom with music by DJ Galen
  • July 24th at 21.00 UTC: Live music at the Maritime Hotel at region OSG4B Festival presented by stiofain nbmcmedia

Donations welcome

OSGrid is a registered California non-profit, and exists due to the time and money donated by its community.

Residents who save money by switching from Second Life to OSGrid are welcome to donate part of their savings as part of a regular monthly donation here — though one-time donations are welcome, as well.

Donations are used to cover the cost of grid servers and the backup infrastructure.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.