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SubjectRe: [patch] SMP alternatives
On Thu, Nov 24, 2005 at 11:16:36AM -0800, thockin@hockin.org wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 24, 2005 at 06:58:52AM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > > That's supposed to be done by hardware, no?
> > > At least the K8 has a hardware scrubber (although it's not always enabled)
> >
> > Recent good implementations like the Opteron will do it for you.
> > Older or cheaper memory controllers will not.
>
> Beware of errata - there's at leats one errata on Opteron which forces you
> to choose between x4 (chipkill) ECC and scrubber. One or the other, but
> not both. There are plenty of errata on the scrubber alone. Worse, if my
> (brain)memory is correct, without the scrubber, correctable errors are
> corrected on the fly, but never written back to DRAM.

All the scrub errata were fixed with E stepping AFAIK.

You have a point that using a sw scrubber might make sense on earlier
steppings though in case someone really wants chipkill.

-Andi
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