Your computer just crashed taking with it that document you’ve been working on for the past hour. Naturally, you cry out in anguish over all those terrible software bugs that conspire to crash your computer and drive you nuts. But new evidence suggests that something else could be the cause: bad memory.
Google just announced the results of a new study based on the thousands of servers they manage in their data centers, and the results are surprising. Memory error rates are thousands of times higher than anyone previously believed. (CNET has a good summary of the research here.)
For software testers, this represents a significant new wrinkle in identifying bugs. Wonky behavior and computer crashes could really be a hardware problem, and these sorts of hardware issues are way more common than we previously thought.
So what does that mean for your testing? Here are a few thoughts that could help.