KS2009: How Google uses Linux
Posted Oct 21, 2009 21:08 UTC (Wed) by maney
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You imply that denser chips will cause higher error rates, but that is not what they found:
We studied the effect of chip sizes on correctable and un-
correctable errors, controlling for capacity, platform (dimm
technology), and age. The results are mixed. When two chip
configurations were available within the same platform, capacity and manufacturer, we sometimes observed an increase
in average correctable error rates and sometimes a decrease.
There were other, also mixed, differences when comparing only memory module sizes, but that mixes together differences in chip density and number of chips on the module - and quite possibly chip width as well.
The best we can conclude therefore is that any chip size effect is unlikely to dominate error rates given that the trends
are not consistent across various other confounders such as
age and manufacturer.
Which, I think, summarizes decades of experience that refuted various claims that the ever-shrinking memory cells just had to lead to terrible error problems. I may still have an old Intel whitepaper on this from back in the days when chips sizes were measured in Kbits.
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