Keynote: Armstrong on Software: Erlang & SMP

By Erlang Central | Published: June 23, 2008

The world is concurrent – but most applications are written in
sequential programming languages. This makes programming artificially
difficult. From the very beginning, Erlang is designed to program
concurrent, scalable distributed applications.

During this keynote, Joe Armstrong, principle designer of Erlang, will
describe why Erlang was created and what kind of applications Erlang is
suitable for.

This talk will look at

  • The challenges and opportunities for making highly reliable scalable software
  • The Erlang approach to concurrency and fault-tolerance
  • How Erlang can exploit the power of modern multi-core CPUs

This talk will be a mixture of science and technology, peppered with real-life success stories from the Erlang world.

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  • Joe Armstrong

    Joe Armstrong designed and implemented the first version of Erlang in 1986. He has written several Erlang books including Programming Erlang Software for a Concurrent World. Joe held the first ever Erlang course and has taught Erlang to hundreds of programmers and held many lectures and keynotes describing the technology.

    Joe has a PhD in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and is an expert in the construction of fault tolerant systems. Joe was the chief software architect of the project which produced the Erlang OTP system. He has worked as an entrepreneurin one of the first Erlang startups (Bluetail) and has worked for 30 years in industry and research.

    Joe Armstrong

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