New Group Services code now live on Agni

Large group loading: a familiar problem

The Group Services project is an attempt to improve the management and editing of large SL groups by replacing the current UDP-based service (which has capacity issues with the size of group lists it can comfortably handle) with a new HTTP-based service.

Oskar Linden has announced that the new code for handling large groups is now live on four regions on the main grid. His announcement reads in part:

These fixes were released to Magnum this morning, but then we found issues in llSensor() that required us to remove the code from a channel as large as Magnum. We have a very small qa channel called the Snack RC Channel that we put the changes on.

 – https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Release_Notes/Second_Life_RC_Snack/12

You will need to be  a member of the group Second Life Beta to access them. You can join that group here: http://world.secondlife.com/group/19657888-576f-83e9-2580-7c3da7c0e4ca

The four Snack test regions are:

Currently, the viewer-side code required to use the new service is only available in a project viewer, which is available as follows:

The viewer side code, as I’ve been reporting in these page, is currently being held-up from more widespread use by crash issues impacting the SL beta viewer code. As such, TPV developers are being encouraged not to merge the code for the above project viewers with their own development viewer code for the time being.

In the meantime, if you manage a large in-world group with more than 10K members, you may wish to download your relevant flavour of the project viewer and try-out the new code on the nominated regions.

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2 thoughts on “New Group Services code now live on Agni

  1. Does this mean that group owners will be able to access our groups from the outside? Other websites? Our own code? I’d like to be able to make group notifications from my website blog.

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    1. No.

      The new code is an HTTP-based service aimed at speeding-up the loading, etc., for large groups. The current service, UDP struggles with any group over 10K in size (which is why some groups take forever to load, or you find you simply cannot edit them easily). The new service should be able to handle much larger groups with greater ease, improving loading, editing, etc.

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