Thu Apr 17 09:45:09 CEST 2003
Distribution was added to Erlang in 1993, a couple of years after the
first fast virtual machine was implemented (1991) after the language had
stabilized. The successes is due to the transparency with which the new
semantics were added and that Klacke got it right with TCP/IP. For
scalability, we can obviously thank the fact that concurrency was
already there. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this
project. (I will not hold my breath).
Jay Nelson wrote:
> Has anyone been talking about Globus? It is the open source
> approach to grid computing that is backed by IBM and the
> It seems to me it is an attempt to implement all that erlang
> already has. I think the big failing is that they are trying to
> extend the 'familiar languages' to distributed computing. It
> sounds neat: all the power you can tap into, shared computing
> etc. But fundamentally you will end up trying to use non-
> distributed languages to implement distributed code. The
> infrastructure makes it sound easy, but it doesn't solve the
> hard problems of distributed algorithms -- just the management
> aspects of the nodes.
> See http://www.globus.org/ for info.
> Are they on to something, way off base, or are they just
> redoing erlang with some marketing and advertising dollars
> behind it?
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