[erlang-questions] Re: how to scale into the cloud using process? example computing simple average

Kid Erlang kiderlang@REDACTED
Sat May 30 19:42:06 CEST 2009

where can I get joe armstrongs book?

i was not trying to speed up adding by paralell it was just trivial example
to see if I could use erlang to paralell up my program.  and my original
program was trying to compute average which may work paralell better than

why is it not working? :(

On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 2:48 AM, Ulf Wiger

> ----- "Kid Erlang" <kiderlang@REDACTED> wrote:
> > hi everyone.  i am still confused?  is there a good book on
> > ERLANG to read on how to do multi process cloud scaling?
> >
> > i do not understand your answers
> Apologies for the somewhat existential rants.
> You should read Joe Armstrong's book, which explains a lot
> of things, including how to scale with Distributed Erlang
> and multicore.
> If you use Distributed Erlang, that is, many Erlang nodes
> connected in the most natural Erlang way, you will simply
> use processes and message passing. When using sockets, you
> can write a module similar to the rpc module, but which
> calls term_to_binary(Data) before sending the request to
> the socket, and binary_to_term(Bin) on the response coming
> back (and vice versa on the other end). It is reasonably
> straightforward. Joe's book has a chapter (ch 14) on
> socket programming, which pretty much spells out how to
> do this.
> One of the new problems with clouds is how host names can
> come and go, making it difficult to have the kind of static
> configuration of the members as one usually has in a cluster
> (where one usually has full control over the IP addresses,
> host names, etc.)
> Joel Reymont used to have a blog article about setting up
> mnesia for EC2, which AFAIR addressed these issues, but
> the article seems to have rotted away.
> I found this:
> http://blog.onclearlake.ca/2008/03/setup-ec2-instance-with-erlang-this.html
> > i want to scale into the cloud to generate bigger sets of
> > numbers and be able to run multiple copies of my scripts which
> > already run in a collection.
> In your example, you are basically doing addition. You should
> be aware that this form of work cannot be sped up even by
> parallelizing on multicore. Just running through the list and
> spawning a process (or even sending a message) is more work than
> just performing the addition.
> I showed an example of that in my Erlang Factory presentation:
> http://www.erlang-factory.com/upload/presentations/56/UlfWiger_ErlangMulticoreEF.pdf
> (slide 9 shows some simple benchmark figures on two different
> types of jobs being parallelized.)
> BR,
> Ulf W
> --
> Ulf Wiger
> CTO, Erlang Training & Consulting Ltd.
> http://www.erlang-consulting.com

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