Scientists develop computer that never crashes

By Shawn Knight
Feb 15, 2013
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  1. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    Define "never crashes"... We have had the ability to create systems free of deadlock for a long time. Do you think a space agency would send anything into space that has the ability to deadlock and freeze up? I mean, the London guys took a slightly different approach but this article needs to take into account the current state of art.
  2. Yes, *nix computers crash. But at least I know why they crash - me. Both my Windows and Linux experiences are frought with deadlocks that require the use of the Big Shiny Button to recover, but the Linux crashes usually immediately follow my entering a wonky command or trying something outside the box. Windows, on the same hardware, explodes randomly and gives me nothing human-readable to troubleshoot the issue.

    For reference, I've locked up a Ti-83 Plus to the point that the batteries had to come out.
  3. Never say never! I dare them to give that computer to my sister. It will crash in seconds!
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,669   +868

    I gotta say, if you have the right hardware, crashes are rare
  5. satty

    satty Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    Because no matter how flawless hardware may be, software will always have bugs
  6. In order for this computer to never crash, it should never be powered on, or never connected to the internet, infected by installing windows, and remain free of human interaction.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I guess the best verbage that you could use is "that it has never crashed since powering it up". That would be a more accurate statement for them. Its just sad that all the ney sayers are jumping on them for ONE WORD!! Provided that it hasnt crashed since powering on, it stands to reason that with regular use that it prolly wouldnt crash NORMALLY. That in and of itself is pretty impresive.
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,130   +171

    My thoughts too... how many crashes are *not* from bad hardware/bad writes to memory? I would think *most*? Sounds like a load of crap to me...
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 453   +53

    Same again. Since XP, Windows has been very stable.
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,382   +607

    This solution is both a hardware and a software solution. It is an alternate scheduling methodology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheduling_(computing)

    For reference, servers are slower than desktop computers, which are slower than for example a PS3. However, the accuracy of the CPU's is the other way around.

    This proposed solution increases the 'accuracy', hence slowing it down.
  11. None of my Windows 7 PCs have ever crashed.

    I can't even recall the last time I saw a PC crash that wasn't caused by illegal software.
     
  12. "Never" crashes until the hardware breaks.


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