Posted Aug 28, 2009 7:10 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: HWPOISON
Parent article: HWPOISON
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.
Yes, that's the scenario in the sentences I excerpted from the article.
And they go on to say that the poison handler runs some time after the time that the specific bad subset is used. It refers to the specific bad subset being used as "data error consumption" and the instruction that uses it as the "offending instruction" and says you can't simply locate the offending instruction and thereby the memory location and the process that are affected by the bad memory, because of the delay.
Maybe the article is confusing multiple scenarios. I can definitely see a design where the machine check happens, and the OS deals with it, before the data error is consumed. But that's not the case the article describes.
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