Last month IBM and Linden Lab demonstrated inter grid teleports between the Second Life preview grid and an Opensim instance run by IBM. Torley Linden made a video of the event. Now we are making the intergrid teleport code available for all developers interested in making virtual worlds interoperate. Today we begin a public beta program for all prospective “gridnauts” (a gridnaut is anyone who has successfully teleported between virtual worlds).
This beta is intended for virtual world developers. The purpose is to establish a base level of interoperability — no inventory, textures, or attachments will transfer upon intergrid teleport. You will appear on the target grid’s simulator as that grid’s default avatar (Ruth). Second Life resident Tara5 Oh has a walkthrough of the Open Grid Beta Program.
In the first phase of the Beta, we are working with OpenSim developers to allow teleport between the preview grid and a patched version of OpenSim. Zha Ewry of IBM has contributed code to the OpenSim project that implements the Open Grid Protocol.
If you are a virtual worlds developer and want to participate in the beta, see the Open Grid Public Beta page on the Second Life wiki.
Along with the OGPB work, we’re also sponsoring Pyogp, an open source client library and test harness code base being developed jointly by AWG members and Linden Lab. The client library fully supports authenticating on the agent domain hosted on the Preview Grid.
This is a historic moment in the development of virtual worlds, and we look forward to your participation.— Whump Linden, OGP Beta Manager