[erlang-questions] "Erlang plus BDB: Disrupting the Conventional Web Wisdom"

Ulf Wiger (TN/EAB) <>
Thu Oct 11 20:30:04 CEST 2007

Ben Munat wrote:
> Jack Orenstein wrote:
>> On Thu, October 11, 2007 1:07 pm, Chris Newcombe wrote:
>>> ...
>>> Margo Seltzer gave a talk entitled:
>>>   "Erlang plus BDB: Disrupting the Conventional Web Wisdom"
>>>   "The conventional wisdom says that you implement a web site with web
>>> servers, application servers, and a relational database backend.
>>> However, this solution is neither scalable nor reliable. Next
>>> generation high performance, highly reliable web sites are going to be
>>> implemented using Erlang and Berkeley DB.
>> Can anyone comment on how dets and BDB compare on performance, scalability,
>> reliability, and utilities (e.g. bulk load, import/export, ...)
> For that matter, what about mnesia? It seems pretty self-serving for
> her to say "The only thing missing from Erlang is large-scale
> persistent storage". Mnesia scales well and is used in high-demand
> production environments, right?

To be fair, mnesia is not intended for very large databases.
Some gigabytes is ok, but beyond that, it is probably wise
to start looking at alternatives.

Ulf W

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