RELEASE: A High-level Paradigm for Reliable Large-scale Server Software

Chechina, N. and Trinder, P. (2012) RELEASE: A High-level Paradigm for Reliable Large-scale Server Software. In: 2012 Symposium on Trends in Functional Programming (TFP 2012), St Andrews, Scotland, 12-14 Jun 2012,

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Abstract

Erlang is a functional language with a much-emulated model for building reliable distributed systems. This paper outlines the RELEASE project, and describes the progress in the rst six months. The project aim is to scale the Erlang's radical concurrency-oriented programming paradigm to build reliable general-purpose software, such as server-based systems, on massively parallel machines. Currently Erlang has inherently scalable computation and reliability models, but in practice scalability is constrained by aspects of the language and virtual machine. We are working at three levels to address these challenges: evolving the Erlang virtual machine so that it can work effectively on large scale multicore systems; evolving the language to Scalable Distributed (SD) Erlang; developing a scalable Erlang infrastructure to integrate multiple, heterogeneous clusters. We are also developing state of the art tools that allow programmers to understand the behaviour of massively parallel SD Erlang programs. We will demonstrate the e ectiveness of the RELEASE approach using demonstrators and two large case studies on a Blue Gene.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Trinder, Professor Phil and Chechina, Dr Natalia
Authors: Chechina, N., and Trinder, P.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of Authors
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
635431RELEASEPhil TrinderEuropean Commission (EC)287510COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE