[erlang-questions] lists, binaries or something else?

CGS <>
Fri Jul 13 00:20:16 CEST 2012

Nice idea about splitting in storage and working processes. Thanks a lot to
both of you, Jay and Erik, for suggestion.


On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM, Jay Nelson <> wrote:

> Processes are private memory spaces. Depending on how you
> construct the strings, you could spawn a process to create the
> string convert it to binary and then send the binary as a message.
> When the process ends, its entire memory space will be reclaimed.
> The binary will live on the shared binary heap so the sending
> won't be expensive. The question is the source of the data for
> the string and whether that can be isolated after the process
> is spawned. Passing a large data structure on the spawn
> arguments causes a copy which might blow your memory.
> jay
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