AErlang: Empowering Erlang with Attribute-Based Communication

  • Rocco De Nicola
  • Tan Duong
  • Omar Inverso
  • Catia Trubiani
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10319)


Attribute-based communication provides a novel mechanism to dynamically select groups of communicating entities by relying on predicates over their exposed attributes. In this paper, we embed the basic primitives for attribute-based communication into the functional concurrent language Erlang to obtain what we call AErlang, for attribute Erlang. To evaluate our prototype in terms of performance overhead and scalability we consider solutions of the Stable Marriage Problem based on predicates over attributes and on the classical preference lists, and use them to compare the runtime performance of AErlang with those of Erlang and X10. The outcome of the comparison shows that the overhead introduced by the new communication primitives is acceptable, and our prototype can compete performance-wise with an ad-hoc parallel solution in X10.


Attribute-based communication Erlang Concurrency Distributed programming Collective adaptive systems Stable marriage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IMT Institute for Advanced Studies LuccaLuccaItaly
  2. 2.Gran Sasso Science InstituteL’AquilaItaly

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