“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
By Ciaran Laval, Ciaran Laval blog.
“We’re starting off the new year with a bang” announced Maestro Linden and that certainly seems to have been the case as the unexpected Lag Storm Bernard (named by Loki Eliot) left many a sim creaking in its wake. There was many a warning to: Please refrain from rezzing no copy objects, making inworld L$ transactions and remember to save all builds as the storm caused the Linden firefighters to embark upon a series of rolling restarts to combat the worst case scenarios that were playing out.
Reports were coming in of performance issues, packet loss, problems rezzing, requests for a rollback, and in some cases, outright grumpiness as people, probably without hats and waterproofs, inspected the trail of chaos.
Fortunately, the Lindens were on the case and despite the difficult circumstances, they managed to complete their maintenance to avoid long lasting damage, I managed to sleep and work through the whole thing without so much as a complaint from my chief Elf, maybe we were in the eye of the storm.
These sort of storms are often difficult to predict and don’t show up on satellite photos, they usually take everyone by surprise, other than those who expect the worst in the best of times but I discovered the difficulty of predicting such storms when I tried to contact the Linden Lab meteorological office about what precautions they take to try and limit damage in these circumstances:
“We haven’t got a meteorological office, I think you’ve got the wrong number” I was informed. Hmmmm.
So my best suggestion is to point you to the Second Life Grid Status Reports page, where you can keep an eye on what’s happening when Second Life seems to be getting very laggy or you’re having general performance issues in general.
One of these days there will be a link to the Second Life Grid Status Reports Page from within the forums, or at the very least a sticky in the server forum linking to it! However things seem a little calmer now, so it should be safe to go inworld!