Project Motivation

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According to Zero Linden, the project was motivated by thoughts a year ago when Second Life was growing rapidly and Linden Lab was thinking about how to scale the grid.

There have been two timeframes set back then: The next few months and the next years. This architecture discussion is about the next years.

Scary numbers

If we assume that virtual worlds will be a significant part of the future, then the following numbers might not be so far off:


Scalability of world extent:

  • 60 million regions (probably more) (60 was mentioned here by Zero Linden )

Scalability of world population:

  • 2 billion users

Scalability of concurrent users:

  • 50 - 100 million concurrency (on whatever device)

Scalability for events (concurrent users in a single region):


These numbers will not be possible with the grid right now and additionally some more use cases need to be solved like connecting 3rd party hosted regions to the grid.