Some users turn to OpenSim during outage

Some grids reported an increase in logins or registrations yesterday during Second Life’s protracted network outage.

David Daeschler

According to InWorldz co-founder David Daeschler, also known as Tranquillity Dexler in-world, the grid saw a peak of 352 simultaneous users on Thursday afternoon, at a time when the grid normally averages between 200 and 250 people.

“The welcome center got maxed out with 74 people online at one point getting their avatar dressed up and a couple dozen more trying to get there,” he told Hypergrid Business. “We had to redirect traffic to load balance between our sandboxes and the welcome center so mentors could and systems could handle the incoming new residents. We’ll be creating a system to make copies of the primary welcome center for on demand instances in the future.”

In addition, 60 new user accounts were created during that time.

“But most of the visitors seemingly already had accounts and were returning to check out the progress we’ve made,” he added.

InWorldz is the most popular OpenSim grid, with 5,772 active monthly users as of our last grid report.

OSGrid's LBSA Plaza is the cross-roads of the hypergrid.

The number of users logged into OSGrid, the largest OpenSim grid, rose as well.

According to Ken Grunke, an OSGrid admin, also known as Key Gruin in-world, usage grew from 140 to 196 avatars within the space of an hour.

To put these numbers into context, however, Second Life typically has anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 people logged in at any given time, according to Dwell On It’s concurrency charts.

Second Life saw downtime and instability throughout the day on Thursday due to bug triggered by a network upgrade, parent company Linden Lab announced today.

The company plans to address the issue on Monday morning, at which time residents may some additional downtime. Users are also advised to save all builds and refrain from rezzing no-copy objects on Monday morning from 6 to 9 a.m. Pacific time, and to avoid making in-world transactions.

Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is a science fiction writer who covers cybersecurity, AI and extended reality as a tech journalist at her day job.
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