BEAM Community

From distributed systems, to robust servers and language design on the Erlang VM

Welcome to the BEAM Community

The BEAM Community is a group of projects that run on the Erlang VM. Our goal is to host relevant projects in the Erlang community, making it easy for those projects to participate in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014 and for interested students to pick their best choice.

The Erlang VM was originally designed by Ericsson to support distributed, fault-tolerant, soft-real-time, non-stop applications. Many companies around the world like Amazon, Heroku and Activision use the Erlang VM in their stack and open source projects like CouchDB and Riak are built on top of it too.

I'm a student, what should I do?

Now is a great time to get started! Go over our Projects / Ideas Wiki and pick the projects and ideas that interest you the most! Also, subscribe to our mailing list and join us at #beam-community on

Students should pick their projects and submit proposals from 10th to 21sr March. We recommend them to work closely with mentors in order to craft the best proposals! Our mailing list and IRC channel are the best places to ask questions and get more details about our projects!

For more information on Google Summer of Code itself, timelines and proposals, visit the Melange website.

Previous years

In 2013, 5 different projects took part and successfully mentored 5 students throughout the summer. You can see the results and participating projects in our 2013 archive.