Taking Back Embedded: The Erlang Embedded Framework

By Erlang Central | Published: March 18, 2013

Erlang was originally designed to control telephony switches at Ericsson which, by definition, are embedded systems. Somewhere along the line the application area changed dramatically and now Erlang is being used to tackle challenges which involve gratuitous amount of parallelism and “The Cloud”.
The Internet of Things is the physical extension of cloud which describes how everyday objects around us will become sources of data that will transform our daily lives. Analysts forecast the number of Internet connected devices to reach 50 billion within the next decade, which signifies that we need to think of new ways to architect these new generation of connected devices.
This talk will demonstrate how, by creating a layered architecture for hardware modules and partitioning up complex systems in smaller units, testing becomes easier, runtime errors are contained and the architecture becomes maintainable. Using Erlang processes as compositional units to describe these systems is a new proposal which stands out and challenges conventional approaches.
Talk objectives: This talk aims to provide an overview of the current state of Erlang in the embedded domain and talk about our plans to help speed up the adoption rate of Erlang in embedded projects.
Target audience: Hardware and software engineers interested in discovering new tools and methodologies for tackling the next generation of connected embedded devices.


  • Omer Kilic

    Embedded Systems Engineer at Erlang Solutions
    Erlang Solutions

    Omer is an Embedded Systems Engineer working on Erlang Embedded, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project in collaboration with University of Kent which aims to bring the benefits of concurrent systems development using Erlang to the field of embedded systems; through investigation, analysis, software development and evaluation.

    Before joining Erlang Solutions, Omer was a research student in the Embedded Systems Lab at the University of Kent, working on a reconfigurable heterogeneous computing framework as part of his PhD thesis. He was also the technical editor for the Raspberry Pi User Guide published by Wiley.

    Omer Kilic

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