[erlang-questions] Light-weight operating systems supporting Erlang in production web servers

Adam Lindberg <>
Wed Sep 20 11:12:04 CEST 2017


Hi Richard and Lloyd,

We target smaller embedded systems that could benefit from Erlang, whereas on a Raspberry Pi (even zero) or Beagleboard you can easily run Linux and Erlang on top. The goal is to be able to work as much as possible with hardware in Erlang. We combine Wi-Fi with support more standard connectors, such as ports for PMODs, I²C, 1-Wire an so on. Our 300 Mhz CPU uses much less energy and the board is aimed at being an evaluation board for (then cheaper) embedded systems.

As for the price, mainly it's a matter of scale. We suspect Raspberry Pi still looses money on their production, selling units at a loss. We are prepared to loose money on the development, but we are selling the hardware at cost.

Cheers,
Adam

> On 20 Sep 2017, at 00:50, Richard A. O'Keefe <> wrote:
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> On 19/09/17 9:08 PM, Adam Lindberg wrote:
>> Perhaps it's not relevant for you right now, but for an interesting use-case of what is possible: https://www.grisp.org
>> 
>> We're successfully running Erlang bare metal on an ARM Cortex M7 without any kernel (the VM is the kernel!). All our software is open source and available at https://github.com/grisp
> 
> Great work.  The software side is really impressive.
> 
> One question.  I can get a
> "Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with 1.2GHz 64-bit Quad Core and 1GB Ram"
> for NZD 69 including tax and run Erlang on it.
> (Hmm.  Next time I have some spare cash I must get one...)
> 
> Why would I pay NZD300 for a 300MHz board with 64MB of memory?
> 
> https://www.grisp.org/specs.html
> has a link "Erlang-based custom operating system",
> but clicking on that gives me a 404.
> 



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