The longest video I’ve ever made, all about server meshing and what it means. Enjoy!”
In this video, the content creator discusses the recent Q&A session about server meshing in Star Citizen. The Q&A provided answers to important questions, particularly about the implementation of object container streaming and entity authority. Object container streaming allows dynamic loading and unloading of entities in the game, while entity authority determines which server has control over a particular entity. The next major steps in server meshing include the replication layer and persistent storage, which handle state propagation, entity streaming, and saving entity states into the long-term database. Static server meshing is the initial implementation, where multiple servers simulate one instance of the game world, allowing for more star systems and complex locations. However, it has limitations when many players gather in one location. Dynamic server meshing aims to improve resource allocation and performance by allowing the shard to decide how to use its resources and potentially request extra resources. The video also discusses the roles of the replication layer, the gateway layer, and the sharing of persistent state between shards.
Overall, the Q&A provided insights into the progress of server meshing in Star Citizen. While there are still some unanswered questions and potential challenges, the work seems to be on schedule. The goal is to eventually have a single shard with all players, but this poses further issues for locations with large player gatherings. The content creator, being a software developer, draws upon their expertise to interpret the information presented. They invite viewers to share their thoughts and ask for feedback on whether they should make more videos like this in the future.