[sldev] Sim Size Limits?

Argent Stonecutter secret.argent at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 04:53:17 PDT 2008

On 2008-10-30, at 09:10, Douglas Soo wrote:
> - 32 bit floating point gets you around 7 decimal points of  
> precisions - this means that once you hit a distance of about 256  
> meters, you're looking at somewhere around millimeter to centimeter  
> precision.

But you can build up to 4096 meters.

> - The larger the area of the region, the more objects we need to  
> support in order to be able to maintain a reasonable density of  
> content across an entire simulator node.  I think with the 512MB  
> initial constraint on memory usage at the time that we started,  
> this was probably a reasonable number.

The reason for this thread, really, is that there seems to be a  
common feeling that SL is too crowded with objects, and the density  
of objects is too high. Hence the demand for OpenSpaces even before  
the prim increase.

> In any case, this is an incredibly difficult constant to change in  
> the system - it would require lots of protocol changes, as well as  
> a fairly major overhaul of the server side, so it's a somewhat moot  
> discussion right now. :)

Regardless, if it's ever going to get changed, we need llGetRegionSize 
() or equivalent.

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