[Beowulf] Seeing ECC errors since upgraded from Opteron 246 to 275

Jason Clinton jclinton at advancedclustering.com
Wed Aug 6 12:56:51 PDT 2008

On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 6:57 AM, Paulo Afonso Lopes <pal at di.fct.unl.pt> wrote:
> Thanks, Mark
>>> So I have 2 DL145-G2 nodes with 2 single-core 246 / 4GB each, and 2
>>> DL145-G2 nodes with 2 dual-core 275 / 4GB each.
>> it's worth making sure you have current bios installed.
> Not the latest, but the previous; according to "Fixes" just a single,
> unrelated fix. Anyway I'm upgrading it...
>>> 07/28/2008 | 17:52:23 | Memory #0x02 | Uncorrectable ECC | Asserted
>> it may also be useful to run mcelog, which will tell you about
>> any ongoing _correctable_ ECC activity.
> No output in any of the 4 hosts; tried with/without --k8, --dmi, etc.

We have a tool on our website called "breakin" that is Linux
patched with K8 and K10f Opteron EDAC reporting facilities. It can
usually find and identify failed RAM in fifteen minutes (two hours at
most). The EDAC patches to the kernel aren't that great about naming
the correct memory rank, though.

Make sure you have multibit (sometimes says 4-bit) ECC enabled in your BIOS.


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