Build an erlang computer (was:Computers are fast)

James Hague <>
Wed Jan 25 19:01:42 CET 2006


> In my never ending quest for inefficiency I have seldom met a problem
> which could not be solved in the twinkling of an eye (apart, that is,
> from our friend that wanted to do O(10^19) computations to force some
> crypto system :-)

How about parsing a 300+ megabyte XML file?  I have a lean and mean
XML parser in Erlang, one that only deals with a strict subset of XML,
and operates entirely on binaries.  On 8 or 10 megabyte files, it's
great, but on this monster--heh.  After about 30 minutes the emulator
dies with "Abnormal Termination."  I suspect it's running out of
memory.

It's interesting when these kinds of crazy problems come along :)



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