Simulation with Erlang

David W. Bauer Jr. bauerd@REDACTED
Thu Dec 14 21:50:21 CET 2000

This may be blasphemous, but you are welcome to our TW code.  I could even
point you to the API documentation and help you to develop an application
for the robot with it.  What would be really interesting would be if you
made an application in erlang, and used the engine in C.  We could talk
more about this if you like.  This would give you rollback, GVT etc
already done.  You wouuld simply need to generate the events into the


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On Thu, 14 Dec 2000, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:

#There were very interesting suggestions. I will think about it some more. 
#TimeWarp seems a bit too complicated, I'd like to try something simpler 
#I'd like to try to explain a little more what I am thinking about, and why 
#use Erlang. Hopefully someone might become interested, and I'd get some 
#help! :-)
#Imagine a robotics application, where the robot is not an usual one, but 
#composed out of many small identical blocks that can move on each other or 
#be locked onto each other, and they can communicate with their neighbours. 
#It's a kind of robotic amoeba :-) There are two kinds of software in the 
#system: a local OS per block, and a (hopefully distributed) high-level 
#control application.
#Because of the distributed nature, I think Erlang would be a perfect 
#platform. Since the cost of actually building this monster is prohibitive, 
#it would be a good way to start with a simulation. And why not use Erlang 
#for it too?
#Luckily, there are a lot of things that can be simplified in a simulation 
#(not the least, the communication because TCP/IP won't work and finding a 
#new network protocol is a big issue in itself; or maybe Bluetooth could be a 
#solution?). A GUI could show what's happening - and also serve as a perfect 
#marketing tool.
#That was a short description of my project. I've been thinking about it for 
#a long time now, but there is very little work done. It's the fate of 
#hoby-projects! :-)
#If anyone has ideas or suggestions, they are welcome!
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