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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. In: Trends in Functional Programming 13th International Symposium. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 263-278. ISBN 978-3-642-40446-7. E-ISBN 978-3-642-40447-4. (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-40447-4_17) (KAR id:42314)

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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: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-642-40447-4_17
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: S. Thompson
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 14:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:16 UTC
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