[mmox] OGP scalability concerns

"Hurliman, John" <john.hurliman@intel.com> Wed, 01 April 2009 20:56 UTC

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A few days ago I posted an e-mail highlighting my concerns with the architecture of OGP. I'm not sure if there was an implicit agreement from the OGP authors or if the e-mail was lost in the flood. I'm reposting in a new thread because I want to make sure I have a proper understanding of the architecture.


>*	Indirectly, it highlights that the Agent Domain model does not
>have a solution to the problem of accessing worlds with which there is 
>no trust agreement.  People will want to enter arbitrary worlds, and 
>therefore that restriction is inadequate.
>*	There will be millions of worlds in an Internet-scale metaverse,
>which makes the concept of interop through trust agreements far too 
>narrow.  Trust loses its meaning entirely when scaled to millions, 
>becoming mere paperwork or "security theater".
 
This is, in my opinion, the fundamental flaw in OGP. Explicit trust maps (whitelists) work great when IBM wants to define policy to connect to the Linden Lab grid, but has no meaning and no hope of scaling when you talk about defining trust for millions of simulation grids and millions (or at least thousands) of identity providers. This is the primary reason that Intel and many members of the OpenSimulator/OpenMetaverse community have not considered OGP as a strong proposal for virtual world interoperability. If this understanding is not accurate, it would be helpful if an OGP author could step in and clear up the confusion.

John