[erlang-questions] Sending a large Erlang content to a set of remote nodes

Olivier BOUDEVILLE olivier.boudeville@REDACTED
Wed Mar 27 17:48:13 CET 2013


I would have a potentially large number of Erlang terms to send to a set 
of remote VMs. Currently it is a matter of a few megabytes, but it could 
be up to a few gigabytes in the future; and the exact same content may 
have to be sent to typically a dozen of other nodes.

I was searching for a solution that would be reliable/simple/efficient to 
do so (preferably in that order), knowing that these terms could be either 
be kept in the RAM of the sender or, maybe preferably (the size of the 
data being probably roughly on par with the local RAM), as a compressed 
file on disk. 

Currently I send a binary, compressed archive thanks to a basic Erlang 
message, but I think it is not a good practice (ex: maybe the kernel ticks 
are not sent "out of band" and their delaying by larger archives could 
trigger spurious time-outs). I imagine sendfile with enough async threads 
could be a good candidate, however I am unsure that the same content 
(either as a whole or by chunks) could be read once, yet be sent to 
multiple recipients. 

Any idea? 

Thanks in advance for any hint!

Best regards,

Olivier Boudeville

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