Sunday, August 10, 2008

Load balancing revisited

Gwyneth Llewelyn reports that LL's latest hire is responsible for getting things done to improve SL's scalability. In the past, I've said that I hope LL is looking into load balancing, getting rid of the immutable tying of one (possibly virtual) server to one sim.

It occurred to me today while in a large crowd at a musical performance (by the extremely talented Atheene Dodonpa; if you have any chance to hear her, take it) that load balancing would have its bad side--unless there's some way to deny CPU cycles to griefers and bots, it could be turned into a DDoS tool.

I still think that some kind of load balancing will be necessary, but it's not going to be easy to keep it from being abused.

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