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Programming Language For Distributed Systems

Erlang is a programming language designed to support distributed, fault-tolerant systems. Created by Ericsson in the late 1980s for telecommunications applications, Erlang has evolved into a general-purpose concurrent programming language that can handle large-scale, real-time systems with high availability requirements. The key features include built-in support for concurrency through lightweight processes, which communicate through message passing rather than sharing data; this makes it easier to write programs that run on multiple cores and across different machines. The soft error recovery mechanisms allow the system to continue operating even in the presence of hardware failures or software bugs. This reliability makes Erlang suitable for critical infrastructure projects where downtime is costly or dangerous.

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