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euv

These are Erlang bindings to libuv. There goals for this project are to create a stable binding to libuv's file handling and demonstrate how that affects file IO for processes with large mailboxes.

If that work goes quickly enough I'll add wrappers to the networking parts of libuv and lastly if time I'll add the HTTP parser from node and compare that against Erlang's builtin HTTP packet parsing.

Current Status

I've managed to resurect the hopes for this project by doing a bit of work hacking in Erlang assembly. The caveat is that this is a bit of a hack though it should work well enough for our purposes.

If you have to edit euv.erl then you'll also have to regenerate the euv.S file and manually edit it by hand to reintroduce the selective receive optimizations. I've written a rebar plugin that automatically checks that euv.S is tagged with the MD5 of euv.erl so that we don't accidentally lose this condition. It also builds euv.beam from euv.S so that we aren't including a .beam directly in Git.

BIG ASS WARNING

This is definitely playing with fire. The Erlang assembly format is undocumented and subject to change. While this will serve us well enough for the time being and seems to work, basing large projects on this code at present is ill advised as the OTP team may decide to change things out from under us (which they have big warnings about).

That said, who doesn't like living on the edge every now and again?

Building and Testing

Theoretically you should be able to build this on OS X by just running make in the top directory.

The tests I was using are:

$ ./test/example-problem.es
$ ERL_FLAGS="-pa ebin" ./test/example-using-euv.es

You should notice that the increase in times for the tests are now drastically different. On my late 2010 MacBook Air (SSD) I'm getting nearly 90s for the builtin file module and between 9 and 10s using euv. Although on the small queue end I'm running slower by nearly half a second (1.2 vs 1.65s). To be a viable replacement I'll have to track that down and at least be on parity.

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