[erlang-questions] Fishing for best practices: distributed twin processes!

Max Bourinov <>
Sat Sep 15 08:46:08 CEST 2012


I afraid that in same cases dying VM won't send anything. Additional technique that might help in this situation is a watchdog process, but it bring another level of abstraction/complexity.

In our project we also need to monitor distributed systems and we will implement watchdogs.

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On 15.09.2012, at 10:21, Torben Hoffmann <> wrote:

> Hi Roberto,
> 
> Try contacting Laura Castro from Uni of Coruña who presented at the Erlang Workshop 2012 yesterday regarding handling of netsplits and node crashes.
> Their team had to go through some investigations before they got the resilience they had promised the customer! 
> 
> The big question for you will actually be what to do when the layers thinks that the other node is down - will you assume a net split and buffer communication (if that is feasible for your application)? Or will you assume node down and do a major clean-up?
> 
> Cheers,
> ___
>  /orben
> 
> 
> On 2012-09-15 03:46, Roberto Ostinelli wrote:
>> hello Michael,
>> 
>> you're assuming right (separate VM), I'm familiar with links and monitors, thank you. However I doubt that any message is sent from a dying process if the VM on which it runs actually blows up. That was my point.
>> 
>> r.
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM, Michael Truog <> wrote:
>> Assuming you have the 2 layers in separate Erlang VMs.  You can have the Erlang VMs connected with distributed Erlang, and have the twin processes monitoring each other.  If you wanted a simple process death if either died, you could consider using a link instead of 2 monitors.  However, that seems like the simplest solution, to avoid unnecessary complexity.  You might find strangeness if you start not using the default net tick time (i.e., with a process link inbetween nodes), with distributed Erlang, but you probably know it is best to not play with that.
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