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I don't think your concerns are justified: the added-value of Erlang is not its speed but its reliability and its tooling to build large, stable softwares.

Try to look for something that works at scales you're interested in, break it down to its components and rearrange them into a simple architecture, then only can you consider performance. It turns out the lack of performance you feared at the beginning doesn't actually happen; in the meantime you'll have built a robust software (and, if you want to start the language, you'll have learnt a whole new way to program)




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