Experience report: Erlang in acoustic ray tracing

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Conference Proceeding

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We investigated the relative merits of C++ and Erlang in the implementation of a parallel acoustic ray tracing algorithm for the U.S. Navy. We found a much smaller learning curve and better debugging environment for parallel Erlang than for pthreads-based C++ programming. Our C++ implementation outperformed the Erlang program by at least 12x. Attempts to use Erlang on the IBM Cell BE microprocessor were frustrated by Eriang's memory footprint. Copyright © 2008 ACM.

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Proceedings of the ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming, ICFP