[erlang-questions] Millions of processes?

YourSurrogateGod <>
Mon Sep 29 02:30:35 CEST 2008


This is somewhat off-topic, but I didn't know that there is a 64-bit
erlang VM. How is it different than the 32-bit one? Also, how can I
find out which one I'm running?

On Sep 23, 11:34 am, Nicolas Niclausse <> wrote:
> Ulf Wiger (TN/EAB) ecrivait le 23.09.2008 17:14:
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> > Nicolas Niclausse skrev:
> >> Bard Bloom ecrivait le 23.09.2008 15:22:
> >>> 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.)
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> >> You can use tsung to simulate millions of users to do load/stress
> >> testing.
> >> It uses an erlang process for each simulated user.
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> >> I tried to simulate ~1.3 million users, distributed on ~30 nodes, with
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> >> smp beam per node, to see if it works. it does :)
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> > Yeah, but that's just some 43k processes per node then. (:
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> Yes, i didn't have enough memory on nodes so i had to use many of them :)
> (4GB per node with a 64 bit erlang VM)
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> > Don't you also run into the problem that practically every
> > process in tsung does network IO?
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> No. But each node had a gigabit ethernet link, and not all users
> (processes) were doing network IO simultaneously in the test (because of
> "thinktimes" in the scenario ), it was something like 10% of them.
> The cumulative bandwitdh was "only" 1Gbit/s
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> --
> Nicolas
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