Francesco Cesarini francesco@REDACTED
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 for info.
> Are they on to something, way off base, or are they just
> redoing erlang with some marketing and advertising dollars
> behind it?
> jay

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