VoltDB and Erlang: two very promising beasts, made for the new parallel world, but still lingering in the wings. Not only are they addressing todays challenges but they are using parallel architectures as corner stone of their new and surprising approach to be faster and more productive. What are they good for? Why are we working to team them up?
Erlang promises faster implementation, way better maintenance and 4 times shorter code. VoltDB claims to be two orders of magnitude faster than its competitors. The two share many similarities: both are the result of scientific research and designed from scratch to address the new reality of parallel architectures with full force.
This talk presents the case for Erlang as server language, where it shines, how it looks, and how to get started. It details Erlang's secret sauce: microprocesses, actors, atoms, immutable variables, message passing and pattern matching. (Note: for a longer version of this treatment of Erlang only see: Why Erlang? http://www.slideshare.net/eonblast/why-erlang-gdc-online-2012)
VoltDB's inner workings are explained to understand why it can be so incredibly fast and still better than its NoSQL competitors. The well publicized Node.js benchmark clocking in at 695,000 transactions per second is described and the simple steps to get VoltDB up and running to see the prodigy from up close.
Source examples are presented that show Erlang and VoltDB in action.
The speaker is creator and maintainer of the Erlang VoltDB driver Erlvolt.