[erlang-questions] models for replicated/distributed processors

Miles Fidelman mfidelman@REDACTED
Mon Mar 5 21:39:04 CET 2012

Jan Wrobel wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Miles Fidelman
> <mfidelman@REDACTED>  wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I'm trying to think through various approaches to fault-tolerance for an
>> actor-based system architecture - generally around the notion of replicated
>> copies of actors operating on different nodes.
>> Two questions to the assembled wisdom:
>> 1. Has anybody done any work with replicated, synchronized processes spread
>> across multiple erlang nodes?  If so, can you share anything about
>> architectural concepts?  (Pointers to papers or slide decks would be much
>> appreciated).
> Paxos algorithm allows to keep state of distributed processes
> consistent.  An accessible paper about it is:
> http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/lamport/pubs/paxos-simple.pdf
>   It seems there were several attempts at implementing generic Paxos
> library in Erlang (https://www.google.com/search?q=paxos+erlang), I
> don't know how matured these implementations are,  maybe they can
> serve you as a starting point.

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