Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Taking Elixir to the Metal with Rust - Sonny Scroggin



Elixir is a great choice for most applications. It's powered by the battle-tested Erlang VM know as the BEAM. It allows programmers to build incredibly fast, efficient, scalable, and fault-tolerant distributed systems.
As it turns out, Elixir isn't the fastest kid on the block. And while raw CPU speed matters little for most applications, there does exist a couple reasons you might want want to reach for tools that give you access to native power.

In this talk we're going to discuss Native Implemented Functions (NIFs) - Erlang's Foreign Function Interface (FFI).

NIFs are normally implemented in C and are considered dangerous. But we're going explore writing safer NIFs in Rust - a new systems programming language developed by Mozilla, that focuses on memory safety.

We'll talk about the pitfalls with writing NIFs and how Rust can make this process easier and safer.

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