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Francesco Cesarani - Thinking in a Highly Concurrent, Mostly-functional Language

Yale Professor Alan Perlis once wrote, “A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.”

To really appreciate the power of the actor model, no matter if you are using Go, Rust, AKKA or Erlang, you need to learn to think concurrently. Erlang has for decades been leading the way in concurrent thinking and developers from different communities and backgrounds have a lot to learn from its approach.

This talk illustrates by example how embracing the Erlang way of thinking about problems leads to scalable and fault-tolerant designs. It will describe three ways of clustering Erlang nodes within the server side domain, describing how these systems have evolved as the concurrency model and the underlying hardware got more powerful.

Through these case studies, we will describe how Erlang, and more specifically, concurrency was done in 1995 when the limit of processes was 30,000, with an evolution as to how concurrency is used and applied today, when the limit of simultaneous processes in in the magnitude of millions per virtual machine.


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  • Francesco C.

    Thanks everyone for coming. Really enjoyed it.

    October 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Francesco, for a very enlightening presentation.

    October 1, 2014

  • Russell B.

    We'll have Pizza at 6:45pm, so come hungry!

    September 30, 2014

  • trevor

    Should we come hungry, or sated?

    September 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, looks like the maps link to the Cloudant location on this page inadvertently links to a West Seattle location. Cloudant seems, however, to be located in Downtown Seattle (Zip 98104).

    August 5, 2014

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