Elixir and Erlang are not the most performant options for number-intensive calculations. Fortunately, they provide NIFs (Native Implemented Functions) for delegating such tasks to languages like C and Rust that good at number crunching.
Recently, I had an opportunity to work with / write Rust NIFs. Surprisingly, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. The only skill you need to do that is the basic knowledge of Rust. In this post, I’ll explain simple steps for writing Rust NIFs and I’ll describe a couple of real-world NIFs as examples.