[erlang-questions] Millions of processes?

Bob Ippolito <>
Tue Sep 23 17:31:52 CEST 2008


We've got a couple applications that use thousands of processes per
node. If those were pthreads, we'd be out of RAM before actually doing
anything.

2008/9/23 Bard Bloom <>:
> I've seen in Erlang promotional materials some rather impressive claims
> about how cheap Erlang processes are, and how many of them one can spawn.
> Which is pretty cool. But, what Erlang programs take advantage of that kind
> of power? Are there any examples of programs which use huge numbers of
> processes in interesting ways? (I am the local Erlang fancier. I got
> challenged on that point, and didn't have a very good answer.)
>
> Thanks very much,
> Bard Bloom
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