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SubjectRe: [patch] SMP alternatives
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On Iau, 2005-11-24 at 14:39 +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> That's supposed to be done by hardware, no?

Varies immensely by system. Where there is a hardware scrubber and it is
enabled it will be used. Once nice thing about K8 is the mem controller
is in the CPU so they all use the same driver (not yet merged)

> If you try to do it this way then the code will become such
> a mess if not impossible to write that your changes to merge them
> and get it right are very slim. The only sane way to do all the locking etc.
> is to hand over the handling to a thread. While that make the window
> of misusing the data wider it's the only sane alternative vs not
> doing it at all.

Its utterly hideous because the usual 'ECC error' reporting technique
for an uncorrectable error is an NMI. Locks could be in any state at
this point and even the registers needing to be accessed are across PCI
and we could be half way through a PCI configuration cycle.

The -mm EDAC code works on the basic assumption that unrecovered ECC is
a system halter although that is configurable.

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