We imagine a future where Second Life is able grow beyond the borders of Linden Lab. We see regions running on open source, alternative simulators. We see web services that allow people to build mash-ups of Second Life and the Web. We see organizations being able to integrate their members and their members’ avatars. This is the vision of future Second Life Grid that we want to develop.
Last week we hosted the first Architecture Working Group meeting. Our aim is to build the technology and standards for such a vision by developing them through the direct involvement of Linden Lab, external developers, and the community. The initial group included Residents and organizations active in the technical development of Second Life, as well as virtual worlds in general. We hope it will be the first of an ever expanding process.
What’s this mean for most Residents now? You should know that while Linden Lab is focusing most of its development energy on stability and performance, we are also taking the time lay the foundation for what is to come. And we are doing so in the open, with community participation.
At the meeting, I laid out the current high-level design work that Linden Lab has done to see Second Life scale massively. Over the last year, while we have been mostly working on short term and medium term scaling issues, we’ve been developing this design. As the design has evolved, we’ve seen how it can enable a much greater expansion of the possibilities for Second Life.
We feel now is the time to bring this out for review, discussion and development. By involving those people outside Linden Lab who are already working to expand the technical opportunities for Second Life, and by involving the greater Second Life community, we can ensure that this blueprint goes in the right direction. And, with their involvement, we can reach the vision sooner.
Last week’s meeting was just the beginning of the conversation. We welcome the involvement of anyone willing to work on it. Join us:
- On the SL wiki: at Architecture Working Group
- In world at the Open Source Meeting or my office hours
- On the SLDev mailing list
Lastly, I’d like to thank the initial participants:
Residents: Adam Zaius, bushing Spatula, Dale Glass, Dr Scofield, Eddy Stryker, Gigs Taggart, Katharine Berry, Nathan Zetkin, otakup0pe neumann, Strife Onizuka, Tao Takashi, Tree Kyomoon, Wyn Galbraith, Zha Ewry. Others: Mic Bowman, Simon Gibbs. And numerous Lindens. Appologies if I missed someone.
All of them set aside a full day to spend with us in S.F. or in-world. Many flew to S.F. just for the event. They only had a rough agenda in advance and worked very hard to understand the information we presented, and then held meaningful discussion about it. Afterwards, they’ve been stellar at helping organize the wiki and engage in conversation on the mailing list.
Rob, Liana and I are looking forward to continuing this work with all of you.