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Agner Krarup Erlang (wikipedia.org)
69 points by brudgers on Dec 4, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 8 comments

Interesting, I'd always assumed that Erlang was some kind of portmanteau of 'Ericsson' + 'language'.

I wouldn't be suprised if the happy coindicence was was one of reasons for picking the name.

I always thought Erlang got its name from a measurement unit in telephony called Erlang[0]. Never looked into why this unit was called Erlang though.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erlang_(unit)

It's both.

It is officially.

We use the Erlang B formula at my employer (one of our services is a peer & crisis support hotline) to try to estimate how many operators we'll need in a given week over 2-hour shifts. We've got a crude implementation but it works well for us!

His work is very good and important. However, I've always found it annoying that his name is attached to the "Erlang distribution" -- it's a Gamma distribution!

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