[Beowulf] Erlang Usage

Douglas Eadline deadline at eadline.org
Wed Jun 24 06:46:45 PDT 2009

I have played with Erlang quite a bit (not built any
real programs however) I like Erlang for several reasons

- functional
- open and freely available
- production level implementation (Ericsson)

You can write Erlang programs that run on one core,
multiple cores, or multiple servers. Erlang is based on
concurrent processes and messages. It also has the
capability to "hot swap" code while programs are running.

As far as HPC, Erlang is interpreted although it can be "compiled"
and it does not directly support the idea of an array. Plus
if you are not familiar with functional languages, it may seem
a bit weird.

If you want to check it out, you can download a version
at erlang.org (it is often part of many distributions).
Plus have pick up a copy of Joe Armstrong's "Programming
Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World"


> Hello,
> I'm currently learning Erlang and I'm curious have any of you guys have
> ever
> used Erlang on their clusters?
> Have anyone experimented in doing any academic work with it?
> --
> Best regards,
> Marian Marinov
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