OTP 25.0-rc1 (Release Candidate 1) has been released

Max Lapshin max.lapshin@REDACTED
Wed Feb 16 20:23:17 CET 2022

> The JIT now does type-based optimizations based on type information in the BEAM files.

This is extremely interesting. Can you share any details about type
optimizing? Maybe some example of optimized type hints?

And thanks as always! Wonderful work!

On Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 6:27 PM Kenneth Lundin <kenneth@REDACTED> wrote:
> OTP 25.0-rc1
> Erlang/OTP 25.0-rc1 is the first release candidate of three before the OTP 25.0 release.
> The intention with this release is to get feedback from our users. All feedback is welcome, even if it is only to say that it works for you.
> We encourage users to try it out and give us feedback either by creating an issue here https://github.com/erlang/otp/issues or by posting to Erlangforums or the mailing list erlang-questions@REDACTED
> All artifacts for the release can be downloaded from the Erlang/OTP Github release and you can view the new documentation at https://erlang.org/documentation/doc-13.0-rc1/doc/. You can also install the latest release using kerl like this: kerl build 25.0-rc1 25.0-rc1.
> Erlang/OTP 25 is a new major release with new features, improvements as well as a few incompatibilities. Some of the new features are highlighted below.
> Many thanks to all contributors!
> Below are some highlights of the release:
> Highlights
> erts & jit
> The JIT now works for 64-bit ARM processors.
> The JIT now does type-based optimizations based on type
> information in the BEAM files.
> Improved the JIT's support for external tools like perf
> and gdb, allowing them to show line numbers and even
> the original Erlang source code when that can be found.
> erts, stdlib, kernel
> Users can now configure ETS tables with the
> {write_concurrency, auto} option. This option forces
> tables to automatically change the number of locks that
> are used at run-time depending on how much concurrency
> is detected. The {decentralized_counters, true} option
> is enabled by default when {write_concurrency, auto} is
> active.
> Benchmark results comparing this option with the other
> ETS optimization options are available here:
> benchmarks.
> To enable more optimizations, BEAM files compiled with
> OTP 21 and earlier cannot be loaded in OTP 25.
> The signal queue of a process with
> the process flag message_queue_data=off_heap has been optimized to
> allow parallel reception of signals from multiple processes.
> This can improve performance when many processes are sending in parallel to
> one process. See benchmark.
> The Erlang installation directory is now relocatable on
> the file system given that the paths in the
> installation's RELEASES file are paths that are
> relative to the installations root directory.
> A new option called short has been added to the
> functions erlang:float_to_list/2 and
> erlang:float_to_binary/2. This option creates the
> shortest correctly rounded string representation of the
> given float that can be converted back to the same
> float again.
> Introduction of quote/1 and unquote/1 functions in
> the uri_string module - a replacement for the deprecated functions http_uri:encode
> and http_uri:decode.
> The new module peer supersedes the slave module. The
> slave module is now deprecated and will be removed in OTP 27.
> global will now by default prevent
> overlapping partitions due to network issues. This is done by
> actively disconnecting from nodes that reports that
> they have lost connections to other nodes. This will
> cause fully connected partitions to form instead of
> leaving the network in a state with overlapping
> partitions.
> It is possible to turn off the new behavior by setting the
> the kernel configuration parameter prevent_overlapping_partitions to false.
> Doing this will retain the same behavior as in OTP 24 and earlier.
> The format_status/2 callback for gen_server, gen_statem
> and gen_event has been deprecated in favor of the new
> format_status/1 callback.
> The new callback adds the possibility to limit and
> change many more things than the just the state.
> The timer module has been modernized and made more
> efficient, which makes the timer server less
> susceptible to being overloaded. The timer:sleep/1
> function now accepts an arbitrarily large integer.
> Compiler
> The maybe ... end construction as proposed in EEP-49
> has been implemented. It can simplify complex code
> where otherwise deeply nested cases would have to be
> used.
> To enable maybe, give the option {enable,maybe_expr} to
> the compiler. The exact option to use will change in a coming release candidate and then it will also be possible to
> use from inside the module being compiled.
> When a record matching or record update fails, a
> {badrecord, ExpectedRecordTag} exception used to be
> raised. In this release, the exception has been changed
> to {badrecord, ActualValue}, where ActualValue is the
> value that was found instead of the expected record.
> Add compile attribute -nifs() to empower compiler and loader with
> information about which functions may be overridden as NIFs by erlang:load_nif/2.
> Improved and more detailed error messages when binary construction with the
> binary syntax fails.
> This applies both for error messages in the shell and for
> erl_error:format_exception/3,4.
> Crypto
> Add crypto:hash_equals/2 which is a constant time comparision of hashvalues.
> Dialyzer
> Optimize operations in the erl_types module. Parallelize the Dialyzer pass remote.
> Added the missing_return and extra_return options to
> raise warnings when specifications differ from inferred
> types. These are similar to, but not quite as verbose
> as overspecs and underspecs.
> Dialyzer now better understands the types for min/2,
> max/2, and erlang:raise/3. Because of that, Dialyzer
> can potentially generate new warnings. In particular,
> functions that use erlang:raise/3 could now need a spec
> with a no_return() return type to avoid an unwanted
> warning.
> Misc
> A new DEVELOPMENT HOWTO guide has been added that
> describes how to build and test Erlang/OTP when fixing
> bugs or developing new functionality.
> Testing has been
> added to the Github actions run for each opened PR so
> that more bugs are caught earlier when bug fixes and
> new features are proposed.
> For more details about new features and potential incompatibilities see
> https://erlang.org/download/otp_src_25.0-rc1.readme

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