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

Boudeville, Olivier and Cesarini, Francesco and Chechina, Natalia and Lundin, Kenneth and Papaspyrou, Nikolaos and Sagonas, Konstantinos and Thompson, Simon and Trinder, Phil and Wiger, Ulf (2013) RELEASE: A High-level Paradigm for Reliable Large-scale Server Software. Trends in Functional Programming, 7829 . pp. 263-278. ISSN 0302-9743. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40447-4_17) (Full text available)

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 first 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 effectiveness of the RELEASE approach using demonstrators and two large case studies on a Blue Gene.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Programming Languages and Systems Group
Depositing User: Simon Thompson
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 14:11 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 11:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42314 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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