Germans retake lead with 2 mil prims

In December 2009, Germany’s Talentraspel virtual worlds Ltd. set a world record by squeezing 500,000 prims into one OpenSim region. That record stood for two and a half years until Ener Hax decided to see if she could beat it — and was quickly followed by OSGrid president Michael Emory Cerquoni — also known as Nebadon Izumi in-world — who set a new world record by putting a million cubes on a single OpenSim region.

Well, the Germans have taken the title back.

Bernd Beyers, co-founder of the Metropolis Grid, in Constance, Germany, announced to Hypergrid Business today that he had reached the 2 million mark — and using prims, not mesh objects.

New world record:  2,008,590 prim cubes on a single OpenSim region. (Image courtesy Bernd Beyers.)

Beyers said he used the latest 0.7.4 development version of OpenSim, on an AMD Octa-Core machine with 2.4GHz, 24GB DDR3-RAM, Raid1-HDD, running Debian 6 64Bit Linux and Mono 2.10.2 to run the region server.

He used the Hippo 0.6.3 viewer on a separate Windows Vista machine to visit the region. The computer was an Intel Core Duo 2GHZ, 2GB-RAM, ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 512MB.

“I used a modified Hippo OpenSim viewer with a draw distance of five meters,” he added.
The final count of prims was 2,008,590, in sets of 2,000 hand-placed groups.

“First I pushed the objects to 2,500,000 cached prims but after a reboot 500,000 prims had been lost,” he said. “In my opinion the database was not able to store the last 500.000 prims because it had no RAM memory left to work with.”

(Image courtesy Bernd Beyers.)

After the sim restart, only 2,008,590 prim cubes were left on the region, with a loading time of just over 12 minutes.

“OpenSim performed well,” he said. “A big thanks to the developers — they did a really good job.”


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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. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

7 Responses

  1.' hack13 says:

    Very nice that is quite amazing, I wonder how many I could fit on a 32gb ram system of those same specs….

  2. Ener Hax says:

    lol, show off! well i actually stand by a lower limit i hit on my XP with 3.7 gig of RAM and 2 core CPU – 100,000 – i think that is a reasonable thing for regular people to aspire to (and to build to! that’s a lot of prims!)

    actually, i’d say the biggest benefit for users and potential users is that it’s safe to say you can do 15,000 prims on OpenSim on a stick or your own machine24 gig of RAM? if i had that kind of money i would be messing with real islands, not OpenSim ones! =pbut congrats and if i did not give away everything i do for free, i might have 24 gigs too! (me jealous? more like salivating at Bernd’s PC!!!)  =)

  3. Ener Hax says:

    btw, my pre-Nebadon record was 576,000 on an 8 gig machine =p

  4. Ener Hax says:

    lol, i can’t stop! so this is a different record!

    Nebadon and i did this on one machine, acting as client AND server. Bernd did it with two i presume – a server and client. two machines doing one task is a different record!

    *smug as a bug in a rug* 

  5.' Sarge Misfit says:

    *agrees with Ener* The machine has a lot to do with it.  Kudos to Bern, they’ve set the “land speed record” 😀

    (blow my own horn time) I managed 650,000 on a WalMart quadcore with 6Gb RAM. I found the viewer makes a difference, too. Imp 1.4 couldn’t handle over 350,000. Henri Beuachamp’s Cool VL Viewer handled the 650,000 without a hitch. I didn’t go any further once Neb hit a million. Kudos to him, too.

    But I am tempted to see what an AuroraSim SRE could handle …

  6.' Sarge Misfit says:

    Perhaps machine cost should be a “weight class”? 😀

  7.' Bernd Beyers says:

    Hi Ener, you described cloud computing. What we did is like
    using a deca-core (10x) with 26 GB ram. But that makes no difference
    to the loadtest result of 2 million prims on a single sim. The client
    server model is a typical opensim usecase 😉

    But you’re right. The result has only scientific character. For practical use of OpenSim on a home computer, a 15,000-50,000 prim limit is recommended. Metropolis as an open grid supports many educational projects, the machine will soon be released to sponsor new educational projects. Regards Bernd