The challenge

Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) division holds Summer At The Tech Edge (SATE) where they combine one thousand college and high school computer science students to work on innovative Air Force Research Lab projects including robotics, virtual worlds, motion tracking, and much more. The Air Force recognized that Virtual World has limitations regarding bandwidth, and scripting limitations that would not allow the students to build complex coding algorithms they needed to build their computer science projects. The Air Force Research Lab wanted to have full control over the servers and intellectual property built by the students therefore an open source virtual world grid that could be hosted on government servers would be the ideal for their needs.

The Solution

An OpenSimulator custom built grid that consists of eight server grids and a complex network of communication protocols to handle the one thousand students over the summer was proposed. Designing Digitally, Inc. created the grid system using Freeswitch for VOIP, and the Inventory & Asset server was built in OpenSimulator. The development of the grid would allow for meeting rooms, a large size sandbox for students to build projects, war game simulations, a multitude of dynamic controllers for Robotics, and communication between cell phones and the virtual world. The server side system was also managed by a web-based administration system called MONIT that was provided by Doug Maxwell from STTC and the Army. That system allows for the students to restart regions of the grid, and manage the server grid through a web-based administration area.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid - Start Screen
Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid - Loading Screen
Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid - About Character and World Map
Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid - Interactive Booths
Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid -Character House
Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid - Sandbox World
Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Tec^Edge) Virtual World Grid - War Game

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