March 29, 2011
… seem to catch up.
A little bit of history first:
The guy who started it in 2008 was Balaji Sowmyanarayan (known as labsji on twitter). He started Sim-OnDemand based on Amazons EC2 services.
Then came Pixelpark with the OpenSim-in-a-box which was partly funded by the KoPIWA research project (see Justin Clark-Caseys blog and our blog for some details), opening up OpenSimulator based worlds to the cloud and open source.
Now, according to New World Notes and HyperGridBusiness we have a tenant-capable cloud based solution with Facebook Connect: Kitely.
I didn’t have a chance to test it myself yet, but according to Maria Korolov it rocks. Big time.
Check out her articles
Kitely – all the best of luck to you!
April 26, 2010
One issue with the current version of the OpenSim-In-A-Box is that there is not much content in it – you basically stand all ‘ruthed’ in a small island as in every fresh OpenSimulator installation.
Another issue is that it is not mega-region enabled and, after all this time, it is not the latest stable version.
Some time ago I talked to Maria Korolov of Hypergrid Business fame who is a big fan of the famous ‘Diva Edition’ of the OpenSimulator – and now I know why. Having played around with it the other day it solves the issues I mentioned before. This particular version is not only mega region enabled (and hypergrid enabled of course) but comes with freebie content.
Updating the OpenSim-In-A-Box is easy as pie just follow the instructions on Divas page.
Here is a screenshot of two freebie avatars standing in the environment by the OpenVCE project (for more environments check out OpensimWorlds).
And here all three with a screen from the KirstenLee viewer.
March 26, 2010
After some workload induced pause will try to gain momentum again.
Just to wrap up, the story so far:
Open-Sim-In-A-Box, pt 0 – voices in the amazon cloud
Open-Sim-In-A-Box, pt 1 – setting it up in the cloud
Open-Sim-In-A-Box, pt 2 – enabling hypergrid
Kudos for this goes to the KoPIWA project, which also starred part-time Justin Clark-Casey, OpenSimulator Developer supreme.
Dirk Krause and Justin Clark-Casey on the KoPIWA Symposium
Turns out it was ‘project of the month’ on the DLR website as of February 2010 (via). The results are available (german) and a paper (english) will be published soon.
There is also an extremely interesting follow-up project on the UDE (Universität Duisburg-Essen) which is described in greater detail on the KoPIWA Serious Games in 3D Blog (german, english). This project will be finalized this month, so there should be interesting results coming up.
September 11, 2009
…yes, you heard right.
With the latest buzz on Adam Frisby’s success in adding Megaregions to the OpenSimulator (see the original posting here and more info there on Adam’s Blog) we decided to make a giant leap (sic!) by switching to an even newer version then we intended that will feature this great acchievement.
For obvious reasons we will wait a bit until it is more stable and documented but this whole development is very exciting … and Megaregions add up so nicely to Hypergrids :-).
June 24, 2009
OpenSimulator introduces a very cool concept called Hypergrid which is explained in more detail here. In general it means that you can link regions from different grids together. The benefit is that you can teleport to regions from completely different grids, wearing your assets and inventory.
To make it easy for OpenSim-in-a-box users it is hypergrid-enabled by default, so since it is turned on at start up you only need to link the regions together:
- start up the region
- start up your viewer and log into your grid
- ‘set home to here’ in the ‘world’ (this is important! or you can’t come back easily)
- now on the OpenSim console enter
link-region 1002 1002 ucigrid04.nacs.uci.edu 9003
to set the UCIgrid region to position 1002, 1002
- if you open the map now, you see a new region north-east
- teleport there by clicking on it (again: make sure you set your home position first)
- now you are on the UCI Hypergrid!
- to come back you need to teleport home
The regions ‘see each other’ only on the map, not inworld. So you can’t simply fly over there, you need to teleport.
- To unlink the region you enter
on the OpenSim console (in this particular example unlink-region “Gateway 3000″ )
Of course you can also start up two (or more) OpenSim-in-a-boxes then you always have the chance to link back so that all regions are linked to each other. The coordinates should be consistent, though.
Regarding available Hypergrids: You can find a list of HyperGrid Nodes here but I am not sure which ones are active. We checked ucigrid04.nacs.uci.edu:9003 and it was working.
June 22, 2009
So, how do you install the OpenSim-in-a-box into the cloud?
- goto the AWS console
- open the ‘Launch Instance’ dialog, select the public images tab ‘Community AMIs’
- search for OpenSim-in-a-box, and select the latest version
- run 1 small instance with your keypair and the default security group
- optional: get elastic IP
- optional: get a dyndns (or similar) entry that point so the elastic IP
Then you switch to your favourite ssh client and
Important: open the right ports for freeswitch and OpenSim
Yes, these are quite few (mostly freeswitch) but you need to do this only the first time. You do this in the security group section of the AWS console.
tcp: 22 for SSH
tcp and udp: 9000-9005
[Provisioning for 6 regions on 9000 – 9005]#
22 (for ssh)
16384 – 32768
TCP and UDP
(or 9000 to 9000+N with N= number of regions, provided you entered these ports while creating the regions)
[EDITED missing ports]