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

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jul 10 10:18:24 CDT 2003

On Thursday, July 10, 2003, at 10:50 AM, 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.
> Hmmm...has semiconductor process scaling made modern devices more or 
> less
> susceptible to cosmic rays?

   I'm not a physicist, but with shrinking feature geometries and 
decreasing logic thresholds, I'd guess they're becoming much more 


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St. Petersburg, FL           for the occasion."       -Doc Shipley

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