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SimSync and TrafficSync Beta Release

Started by zillmer, February 02, 2020, 01:49:42 am

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zillmer

All,

I have now released these programs in beta form, and they can be obtained from this link:

Sync.zip

There is a PDF file included that contains some basic instructions.

There is very little in the way of error-checking or idiot-proofing in the code, so if you do something silly, such as setting values for options in the ini file that aren't supported, it may well crash P3D depending on the exact issue. The solution here is to simply delete the relevant ini file, and let the app rebuild a new one.

I have only tested this software on my specific setup, so it may be that the software won't work at all, or doesn't perform in the same way on other setups.

Please post back to here with any questions, or to report your experience. If doing so, please provide some details of the setup of your system.

Regards

Simon.


FredK

Hi Simon

I am very excited about the possibilities with SimSync.

I have been away the past couple of weeks, but SimSync is on the docket for me to evaluate tomorrow. I will report the results of course.

Fred K
Boeing 737NG-800, Prepar3D v4.5, Sim-Avionics 1.964, WideView multi-channel (curved screen), Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors (3), Fly Elise warping, FSGRW weather, FDS OH panels and CDUs, SimParts MIP, FDS SysBoards (OH), CPFlight MCPPro and pedestal panels, FI Gauges, PFC controls, converted motorized TQ (SIOC), Weber seats

FredK

First Report.....

Simon - I think you are on to something here!

Setup was simple.  No issues whatsoever. Took less than 10 minutes.

Did a test flight KSFO->KLAX, mild weather conditions.

Overall performance was buttery smooth for both the flying aircraft and AI aircraft.  Better than WideView!  This was particularly so for spot plane view which for me has always been a weak point for WV (gets me thinking about setting up another channel dedicated to spot view).

For WideView I always found that locking the Server at 30fps with the Clients at unlimited worked the best. So this was my starting point as a comparison. Using those settings I found that smoothness of the flying aircraft was fine, but AI traffic stuttered somewhat.  So I reset the Server frames to unlimited (as suggested in your instructions) and smoothness for both was really excellent. I am going to explore locking fps for the Clients (also suggested in your instructions) to see if that yields some extra P3D performance overhead.

I found that AI traffic populated much faster than for WV and was 100% stable (that is, occasionally some AI traffic planes "flicker" in WV). Lights and flight control animations for AI aircraft worked fine.

My setup is as follows:

Server: I7-7700K / GTX980
Clients(3): I7-8700K/GTX1080Ti

I have two additional computers that run SimA.

I use "FS Global Real Weather" for weather generation and distribution to the Clients.

Concerning "Animations"....Is this specific to the ProSim model?  The SimA model which I am using does have customized lighting features, but those extra lighting features do not work in the Clients for WV. It would be nice to have them.

Simon - Excellent work! And many thanks for making SimSync available to others....and for taking the time to write the Instructions PDF which is well done!

Other multi-channel users really should check this out.

Let me know if you need a beta tester....happy to help!

Will comment more as I further explore.

Fred K
Boeing 737NG-800, Prepar3D v4.5, Sim-Avionics 1.964, WideView multi-channel (curved screen), Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors (3), Fly Elise warping, FSGRW weather, FDS OH panels and CDUs, SimParts MIP, FDS SysBoards (OH), CPFlight MCPPro and pedestal panels, FI Gauges, PFC controls, converted motorized TQ (SIOC), Weber seats

zillmer

Fred,

Thanks for the feedback and glad you are finding it a positive experience. In terms of the lighting, the implementation isn't specific to Prosim, but on reflection I might need to do some additional configuration, depending on how lighting is implemented in the SimA model.

Is the model you are using supplied by SimA, or is it a separate freeware or payware model?

Regards

Simon.


FredK

February 19, 2020, 07:31:22 am #4 Last Edit: February 19, 2020, 07:48:29 am by FredK
QuoteThanks for the feedback and glad you are finding it a positive experience. In terms of the lighting, the implementation isn't specific to Prosim, but on reflection I might need to do some additional configuration, depending on how lighting is implemented in the SimA model.

Is the model you are using supplied by SimA, or is it a separate freeware or payware model?

The 737 model I am using is supplied by SimA and integral with its software.  There are separate lighting functions for fixed landing lights, retract landing lights, runway turnoff lights, and taxi lights that are defined by SimA offset values.  With WideView only the default landing lights can work.

One other thing to note.....I have a dual network setup arrangement ("192.168.1.1" and "10.0.0.255").  I have found that for WideView this arrangement improves overall performance by keeping avionics data traffic isolated from visuals data traffic.  SimSync works fine using this arrangement isolated to the "10" network..

Fred K
Boeing 737NG-800, Prepar3D v4.5, Sim-Avionics 1.964, WideView multi-channel (curved screen), Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors (3), Fly Elise warping, FSGRW weather, FDS OH panels and CDUs, SimParts MIP, FDS SysBoards (OH), CPFlight MCPPro and pedestal panels, FI Gauges, PFC controls, converted motorized TQ (SIOC), Weber seats

zillmer

All,

Attached is a link to an updated version which corrects a bug in the previous version reported by FredK that meant that lights in the SimA model failed to sync.

Thanks to FredK for testing this.

Regards

Simon

Sync1.zip

FredK

The customized landing/taxi lights for the SimA 737 aircraft model work just fine now with the updated code! I could never get those to work with WideView.....only the default lights. So another plus for SimSync!

I have completed several flights now with no other issues to speak of and with noticeably improved performance, particularly for AI traffic.

I'm loving it!

Fred K

Boeing 737NG-800, Prepar3D v4.5, Sim-Avionics 1.964, WideView multi-channel (curved screen), Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors (3), Fly Elise warping, FSGRW weather, FDS OH panels and CDUs, SimParts MIP, FDS SysBoards (OH), CPFlight MCPPro and pedestal panels, FI Gauges, PFC controls, converted motorized TQ (SIOC), Weber seats

KyleH

Do all machines have to be the same version of P3d?
Could I run P3D on my visuals machine and FSX on a server machine for instruments?
Kyle

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