Comparing Languages for Engineering Server Software: Erlang, Go, and Scala with Akka.

Valkov, I., Chechina, N. and Trinder, P., 2018. Comparing Languages for Engineering Server Software: Erlang, Go, and Scala with Akka. In: SAC 2018: The 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing, 9-13 April 2018, Pau, France.

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DOI: 10.1145/10.1145/3167132.3167144

Abstract

Servers are a key element of current IT infrastructures, and must often deal with large numbers of concurrent requests. The programming language used to construct the server has an important role in engineering efficient server software, and must support massive concurrency on multicore machines with low communication and synchronisation overheads. This paper investigates 12 highly concurrent programming languages suitable for engineering servers, and analyses three representative languages in detail: Erlang, Go, and Scala with Akka. We have designed three server benchmarks that analyse key performance characteristics of the languages. The benchmark results suggest that where minimising message latency is crucial, Go and Erlang are best; that Scala with Akka is capable of supporting the largest number of dormant processes; that for servers that frequently spawn processes Erlang and Go minimise creation time; and that for constantly communicating processes Go provides the best throughput.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30239
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:22 Jan 2018 16:20
Last Modified:25 Apr 2018 10:32

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