Improving Performance with Parallelization

Learn about parallelization in Elixir and how it can be incorporated into the framework defined.

Parallelization in Elixir

One of the strengths of genetic algorithms is their ability to be parallelized. Parallelism is when processes execute simultaneously on multiple cores, systems, and the like. The tasks that make up an evolution can be performed in parallel to yield significant performance gains. The BEAM is optimized for orchestrating computations in parallel. We can take advantage of this fact to improve the performance of your genetic algorithms.

The benefit of writing genetic algorithms in Elixir is the availability of a rich set of parallelization features. Parallelizing algorithms in Elixir is straightforward, thanks to modules like Task, Agent, and GenServer. We can parallelize our program in just a few lines of code and let the Erlang Scheduler handle the orchestration of computation for us.

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