at Jungerl: proc_reg, a flexible process registration utility

Ulf Wiger (AL/EAB) <>
Thu Jul 8 16:36:16 CEST 2004


I've written a small utility (an application) called proc_reg and committed it to Jungerl.

It allows for registration of (local) processes using any erlang term.
Furthermore, each process can register under several names.

The program requires OTP R9C-2 (it uses ets:insert_new/2)

The code is fast: 
- proc_reg:reg/2 takes ca 35 usec on my slow 400 MHz UltraSPARC
  (the register BIF takes ~10),
- proc_reg:unreg/1 takes ca 40 usec (~10)
- proc_reg:send/2 takes roughly as long as the registered send BIF
  (most likely a few microsecs longer)

Semantically, I've tried to make it as similar and predictable as the BIFs, and it is designed to be fault-tolerant.

It also scales well. There might be some noticeable slowdown with hundreds of registered names per process.


Finally, I've added a test suite. If you want to play with the code, I recommend downloading the test server and using the test suites.

Comments are welcome.

Regards,
Uffe



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