[Pl-seminar] Semantics Seminar Schedule

Mitchell Wand wand at ccs.neu.edu
Sun Apr 29 00:05:01 EDT 2007

NU Programming Languages Seminar
Wednesday, 5/2/07
Room 366 WVH (http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/wand/directions.html)

Concurrency-Oriented Programming in Erlang

Jesse Tov

Erlang is a language and methodology for programming fault-tolerant
distributed systems.  It features lightweight processes that
communicate via message passing in a dynamic topology.  Erlang claims
to provide massive parallelism with little performance penalty, little
cost for distribution, and robustness in the face of both programmer
error and an uncooperative environment.  It has been used to build
several successful real-world systems that may demonstrate these

In this talk I will present an introduction to Erlang programming,
compare Erlang to other models such as actors and CSP, and attempt to
evaluate some of the claims of Erlang's promoters, in particular with
respect to the impact of Erlang's design guidelines compared to the
importance of language features.

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