11 min

The Errata Inside, the story of the Intel Pentium bug - S1E02 !feature

    • Technology

A computer processor that gets its maths wrong…

This episode discusses the case of the first Intel Pentium Processor, that was getting some calculations wrong. How did this end up in consumers homes and offices ?

Sources: 


Dr Nicely Website: http://www.trnicely.net/pentbug/
Britanica Website: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Intel#ref1069509 
UCLA Notes on Sweeney, Robertson, and Tocher Division Algorithm: https://www.seas.ucla.edu/~ingrid/ee213a/lectures/division_presentV2.pdf 

Numbers mentioned: 


Prime numbers: 824,633,702,441, 824,633,702,443
Number used to demonstrate the error: 824,633,702,449



Music from https://filmmusic.io

"Deadly Roulette" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Covert Affair" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Lobby Time" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Cool Vibes" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

A computer processor that gets its maths wrong…

This episode discusses the case of the first Intel Pentium Processor, that was getting some calculations wrong. How did this end up in consumers homes and offices ?

Sources: 


Dr Nicely Website: http://www.trnicely.net/pentbug/
Britanica Website: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Intel#ref1069509 
UCLA Notes on Sweeney, Robertson, and Tocher Division Algorithm: https://www.seas.ucla.edu/~ingrid/ee213a/lectures/division_presentV2.pdf 

Numbers mentioned: 


Prime numbers: 824,633,702,441, 824,633,702,443
Number used to demonstrate the error: 824,633,702,449



Music from https://filmmusic.io

"Deadly Roulette" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Covert Affair" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Lobby Time" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

"Cool Vibes" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

11 min

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