[erlang-questions] Lets build a stock exchange!

Joel Reymont joelr1@REDACTED
Mon Nov 12 02:21:57 CET 2007

On Nov 11, 2007, at 11:33 PM, Michael Regen wrote:

> This means either a lot of money and/or people are needed.

I'm looking to write a book and enough software to demonstrate
the concepts in the book. I will likely extend the software afterwards
but I definitely do not plan to go into the exchange business...
at least not at the moment and not a stock exchange.

There are other kinds of markets that could be built and run and then
there's venture capital!

> But if you want to build the biggest Erlang cluster than you need

> something which is actually useable in real life for at least some
> time. That would also be a much bigger benefit for the people to join
> compared to just build a showcase example.

I thought about this for quite a while (at least a few minutes).
I imagined a cluster of 1k EC2 instances and one of 100k instances.
You could probably run a few Erlang nodes per instance as well
which will positively make this a huge cluster.

I tried to figure out what could entice people to boot up their
Erlang EC2 instance and add it to a cluster and I couldn't come up
with anything specific, apart from sheer interest and scientific value.

You could crawl the internet Google-style or try to build some sort
of a virtual world. Trading is my passion so I finally settled on
a massive stock exchange.

It can be a stock exchange or a prediction market, the essence
of the book will stay the same regardless.

	Thanks, Joel


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