OTP, the Middleware for Concurrent Distributed Scalable Architectures

Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd)
Software Architecture
Location: D139/140 Audience level: Intermediate
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While Erlang is a powerful programming language used to build distributed, fault tolerant systems with requirements of high availability, these complex systems require middleware in the form of reusable libraries, release, debugging and maintenance tools together with design principles and patterns used to style your concurrency model and your architecture.
In this talk, Francesco will introduce the building blocks that form OTP, the defacto middleware that ships with the Erlang/OTP distribution. He will cover OTP’s design principles, describing how they provide software engineering guidelines that enable developers to structure systems in a scalable and fault tolerant way, without the need to reinvent the wheel.

Talk objectives: Introduce a powerful framework which reduces errors and helps developers achieve robustness and fault tollerance without affecting time to market.

Target audience: Erlang beginners and engineers and architects implementing scalable, server side systems.

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Francesco Cesarini

Erlang Solutions Ltd

Francesco Cesarini is the founder and technical director of Erlang Solutions. With offices in seven countries on three continents, Erlang Solutions has become the go-to partner for scalable, highly available end-to-end solutions, running conferences, and providing support, consulting, training, certification, and systems development. As technical director, Francesco leads the development and consulting teams and is responsible for the product and research strategies of the company.

Francesco has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, when he started his career as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm, where he worked on the R1 release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, Francesco founded what has today become Erlang Solutions. He is the coauthor of Erlang Programming (published by O’Reilly), has lectured at the IT University of Gothenburg for over a decade, and since 2010, has taught the concurrency-oriented programming course at Oxford University. You can find him rambling on twitter using the handle @FrancescoC.


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