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Joe Armstrong
Father of Erlang
Ericsson AB

Joe Armstrong is one of the inventors of Erlang. When at the Ericsson computer science lab in 1986, he was part of the team who designed and implemented the first version of Erlang. He has written several Erlang books including Programming Erlang Software for a Concurrent World. Joe held the first ever Erlang course and has taught Erlang to hundreds of programmers and held many lectures and keynotes describing the technology.

Joe has a PhD in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and is an expert in the construction of fault tolerant systems. Joe was the chief software architect of the project which produced the Erlang OTP system. He has worked as an entrepreneurin one of the first Erlang startups (Bluetail) and has worked for 30 years in industry and research.

Joe Armstrong is Giving the Following Talks
The history of the Erlang virtual machine

There have been relatively few Erlang implementations and today there is really only one widely used Erlang VM, the BEAM. This talk will describe the history of the BEAM and other Erlang implementations that have been done, the differences between them and how they have performed. It will also discuss some influencing factors which need to be considered when implementing Erlang.