Second Life Simulator v18.104.22.168683 Is On The Way! (previously known as Havok™4 Beta Server)
This Saturday we announced the release readiness of the new Second Life Simulator, previously known as the Havok™4 Beta Server. Testing this weekend turned up a couple of issues that we took care of this morning. As a result of this successful initial run, we will be deploying the new Second Life Simulator today and tomorrow in two phases.
What Is Happening?
As part of our continued effort to increase the stability and reliability of Second Life, we are happy to announce a new simulator that significantly reduces region crashes. This release is the result of the Havok™4 project, a project that updated the physics engine used to determine all movement of objects in Second Life.
Please note that this project updates the Second Life Simulator, which is a piece of software that runs across thousands of servers at our data centers. It is a completely server-based update, that does not require a viewer download.
When Will The New Simulator Be Deployed?
Today, Monday March 31
- All Early Adopters
- All Welcome Areas
- All Orientation Islands
- 1200 randomly selected Second Life regions
Tomorrow, Tuesday April 1
- The rest of Second Life
Where Can I Find Information About The New Simulator?
For more information on the project that led up to the v1.20.0 release, please see the following pages:
- Second Life Simulator v1.20.0 Release Announcement
- Havok4 Project Wiki (home page)
- What’s New with Second Life Simulator v1.20.0
- For Builders: New Prim Linkability Rules
Physics Office Hours
We will be continuing our office hours for scripters and builders to discuss physics-related issues directly with the physics development team. These office hours are scheduled at the region “Content to Hover” on Tuesdays at 11:00-12:00 PST and Thursdays at 17:00-18:00 PST
The Havok™4 Team
I would like to publicly recognize the Havok™4 project team. The team put in a huge effort over a very long time, and always kept a positive, professional attitude, even in the face of a project that sometimes seemed that it might be impossible to complete. Thank you for your dedication and determination:
Software Development: Andrew Linden, Kelly Linden, Simon Linden
Quality Assurance: Dan Linden
Deploy Engineering: Sabin Linden, Lee Linden, Prospero Linden