Last week, we held a general load test in IMA Outpost Alpha. Thanks to all who participated! During that test, we had the general avatar activity but we also were simulating rapid user chat activity with ALICE chatbots courtesy of Radegast developers. The simulator did crash during the load test but unfortunately, standard logging did not provide us with meaningful data to isolate the cause of the crash. No viewer crashes were observed. In preparation of a repeat test, logging parameters were adjusted.

IMA Working Group for 'Community' Website Starts off with a Bang!


By Sunbeam Magic


Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA), a new Virtual Worlds focused company, as described by one of the founders (Steve LaVigne) recently “...a company that would improve the lives of people in Virtual Worlds” has approved the Community Website Working Group. The group held their first meeting Tuesday, May 16th and were so enthusiastic they set up a second meeting that same week for May 18th, Thursday. Meetings will continue once a week on Thursdays at 10:00 am PDT.



As we get ready for new working groups to get started, (The list is already growing with ideas from the meetings!) we decided to publish an annual survey of the community to get your inputs. The survey has 5 sections. While most questions are quick multiple choice, some give you the option to enter text with your ideas. So it may take on average about 30 minutes to complete.


You will be able to see the ongoing results and go back and change your text inputs if you like. Hence, this is a community brainstorming tool! Have a look when you have time. We are looking forward to hearing what the community has to say! Here is the link: Open Simulator User Survey




After quite a journey with this new untested server hardware and data center approach, Steve took the server box down to the data center and installed it in its new home this week. Software configuration for all of our grids planned in addition to web server applications installation by Team IMA is ongoing. IP addresses have begun propagating! We will let you know more as soon as we know. We are looking forward to using our scheduled test hour for some load and traffic testing of each test grid and some help from the community :)

We held our first public Advisory Board meeting today! This also served as a test for Test Grid #1 before the move to the new R&D Server box as the Halcyon Test Grid. Average CPU time was about 5% with the grid hosted in a single VM (like Sim-on-a-stick) on a home connection. We did see an error on the messaging server which will be reported to the Halcyon development team. But overall, the meeting went well with no performance issues impacting the user experience.


Our goal was to provide an overview to potential Advisory Board members on IMA's mission, its structure, and the role of Advisors in the Working Group branch process. Subsequent questions, answers, and ideas for working group efforts turned a one hour meeting into two hours and we could have gone longer if folks had time!


Steve LaVigne gave a presentation using the in-world presenter and the text of the presentation was included real-time to make it more accessible. We also talked about working groups at length as well as the status and plans with resources for the working groups. Included in the presentation was a new simplified step-by-step working group process from start to finish.


It may be possible future meetings can be livestreamed with video, audio, and chat if we get a volunteer for that function. The next meeting will be on the third Wednesday in May at IMA Outpost Alpha which is hypergrid-enabled. As we finalize the make-up of the Advisory Board, (Hopefully this week we will have the majority in place.), we will publish the list of members and start filling the interim Director's Council seats as more interest evolves. For all those who were unable to join us today, here is the chat log: (Slides for the presentation are at the bottom of the chat log.)