[erlang-questions] Re: Erlang: Who uses it for games?

Michael Turner <>
Tue Feb 8 05:39:36 CET 2011


Well, *that* definitely needed to be added to the Wikipedia article about
Erlang.  Done.  Now all we need is a parse transform to make a new language
called Cylon: Erlang with FORTH syntax.  Just in case you ever wondered why
you could never understood the Cylons.

-michael turner

On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 12:27 AM, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:54 AM, ingo.schramm <
> >wrote:
>
> > Great! So many Erlang gamers out there!
> >
> > Somebody told me, a Battlestar Galactica browser game is backed up by
> > an Erlang engine.
> >
> >
> There's a article about this here:
>
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/05/battlestar_galactica_mmp/
>
>
> /Joe
>
>
> On Jul 8, 2:05 am, "Richard O'Keefe" <> wrote:
> > > On Jul 8, 2010, at 4:27 AM, Nicholas Frechette wrote:
> > >
> > > > hand optimize code which will require C++/assembly) and not so much
> > > > on the
> > > > PS3 where you may get a hard time using the SPUs from erlang (as I'm
> > > > guessing the VM won't run on them out of the box and you might have
> > > > to spend
> > > > considerable time to get erlang processes to run on SPUs (feasible
> I'm
> > > > sure)).
> > >
> > > It's not clear that it _is_ feasible in any interesting sense.
> > > The SPUs are essentially numeric vector engines.  They have 128
> > > registers, each 128 bits wide; loads are only 128 bits (16 bytes)
> > > and stores are only 128 bits (16 bytes).  Memory is byte addressed
> > > and addresses are 32 bits, but the 2009 manual talks about 256 kB.
> > >
> > > One could imagine SPU _nodes_ doing vector crunching that Erlang
> > > processes running on the PPU communicated with as if Erlang.  But
> > > Erlang would not be the language of choice for programming SPUs.
> > > (An APL dialect would be ideal, or Fortran 95.)
> > >
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