Cores That Don’t Count

cmartinez

Joined Jan 17, 2007
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https://www.theregister.com/2021/06/04/google_chip_flaws/

Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof
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Loved the last paragraph of the article:

"In our recent experience, roughly half of these human identified suspects are actually proven, on deeper investigation, to be mercurial cores – we must extract 'confessions' via further testing (often after first developing a new automatable test)," Google's researchers explain. "The other half is a mix of false accusations and limited reproducibility."
 
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