Posted Aug 28, 2009 4:31 UTC (Fri) by roelofs
In reply to: HWPOISON
Parent article: HWPOISON
How can a machine check for accessing erroneous memory contents be asynchronous? An instruction to load some data from memory didn't get the data because it's been destroyed. How can the CPU continue executing and generate a machine check at some arbitrarily later time?
Er, maybe I'm missing the thrust of your question, but I thought it was sort of straightforward: the hardware detects the problem as soon as memory is read--imagine a bad bit in a single byte out of a page or a cacheline's worth read--but the specific bad subset of that memory (the byte) may not be used until much later, or not at all.
Or are you asking about something much more subtle?
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