[rescue] ECC [was: Re: WOT: Ebay changes to IBM from Sun E10Kservers?]

Frank Van Damme frank.vandamme at student.kuleuven.ac.be
Thu Jul 10 10:03:28 CDT 2003

On Thursday 10 July 2003 16:50, Scott Newell wrote:
> I was under the impression that ECC memory was primarily used to recover
> and continue from unusual events (such as a cosmic ray bit flip), not to
> correct for failing or broken hardware.  Seems reasonable that the more
> memory you have, the more likely such an event.

Ah, I never thought about that. I thought cosmic rays were very constant and

> Hmmm...has semiconductor process scaling made modern devices more or less
> susceptible to cosmic rays?

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