The History of the Erlang VM

By Erlang Central | Published: March 21, 2011

There have been very few Erlang implementations and today there is really only one widely used Erlang VM, the BEAM. This talk will describe the history of implementing Erlang and the BEAM, the differences between various implementations and how they have performed. It will also look at some issues which need to be considered when implementing Erlang.

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  • Robert Virding

    Inventor of Erlang and Bluetail co-founder
    Erlang Solutions

    Robert Virding recently joined Erlang Solutions Ltd as Principal Language Expert. While at Ericsson AB, Robert Virding was one of the original members of the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, and co-inventor of the Erlang language. He took part in the original system design and contributed much of the original libraries, as well as to the current compiler. While at the lab he also did a lot of work on the implementation of logic and functional languages and on garbage collection. He has also worked as an entrepreneur and was one of the co-founders of one of the first Erlang startups (Bluetail). Robert Virding also worked a number of years at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) Modelling and Simulations Group. He co-authored the first book (Prentice-Hall) on Erlang, and is regularly invited to teach and present throughout the world.

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