[Beowulf] cheap PCs this christmas

Michael Barnes mbarnes at compsci.wm.edu
Tue Nov 22 10:41:23 PST 2005

On Thu, Nov 10, 2005 at 04:04:37PM +0000, Tony Travis wrote:
> I'm interested to know about other people's views and experiences of
> the reliability of COTS (i.e. non-ECC) memory?

My view has always been to use ECC memory.

Aside from non-ECC memory being cheaper, I see no benefits of using it
when one accounts for downtime, troubleshooting, paying for replacement
RAM, and worse getting wrong results.

Honestly, I never knew that not using ECC RAM on anything besides a
nonessential system like a standard desktop configuration was ever an


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