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DrQuine
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Predicting Impact of Intel Bugs ... and Computer Lock-Ups
DrQuine   8/22/2014 1:52:05 PM
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Few end users have any idea what microcode is running on their processors from their various software vendors and therefore what their potential exposure is to processor chip bugs. I know from my personal experience that my Windows 7 laptop computer often locks up due to Carbonite back-up software "locking" files for backup even when the Carbonite software is "paused" because the backup operations are scheduled for hours that I am not using the computer personally. Sometimes the condition clears in 5 or 10 minutes; other times I must reboot the computer. Neither solution is convenient or acceptable.

sw guy
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Re: Consequences
sw guy   8/20/2014 12:08:35 PM
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At least sparc has

Jessica Lipsky
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Re: Consequences
Jessica Lipsky   8/20/2014 11:53:05 AM
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Agreed. I imagine we may see similar bugs coming up as TSX becomes prominent in other chipsets. 

rick merritt
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rick merritt   8/20/2014 11:04:12 AM
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What other pricessors have hardware support for transactional memory today?

sw guy
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sw guy   8/19/2014 7:32:10 AM
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Sure this does not matter for a chip to be placed into a tablet or embeded into whatever device.

For Intel *need* a fix for any next server chip: Be it Xeon or Atom, it does not matter, as soon as workload is heavily multithreaded, there is a strong possibility for transactionnal memory to be a plus for performances. Not too long before it even becames mandatory.



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