WombatOAM: a Software Product Developed in an EU Research Project
With the emergence of large commodity clusters (> 10K cores), it was clear that Erlang and related systems needed to be deployed and managed at unprecedented scale. The EU RELEASE project, led by Phil Trinder in the School, aimed to systematically address the challenges of scaling Erlang systems, while retaining their world-class reliability.
Erlang Solutions are a software consultancy specialising in engineering internet-scale systems, and were a key partner in RELEASE. As part of the project, Erlang Solutions developed the WombatOAM operations, monitoring and maintenance tool for massive distributed systems running on the BEAM VM.
Some Wombat licensees are very high-profile, e.g. Cisco, Ericsson, Klarna, and WhatsApp. Participating in RELEASE provided research and innovation exposure to Erlang Solutions staff, and enabled the company to diversify from software consultancy towards product licensing.