Catastrophic compiler errors

"Mark Lacey \[MSFT\]" <>
6 Apr 2002 23:40:24 -0500

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From: "Mark Lacey \[MSFT\]" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 6 Apr 2002 23:40:24 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: errors, practice, question
Posted-Date: 06 Apr 2002 23:40:24 EST

I'm wondering if anybody can point me to any information regarding cases
where buggy compilers (in particular buggy optimizers & code generators)
caused a catastrophic failure of some kind.

I'm thinking of events along the lines of the Patriot missile incident in
'91, or Ariane-5 rocket in '96, both of which were caused by poorly
designed/implemented numerical code. Does anyone have analagous stories
regarding compilers that generated bad code resulting in some kind of
massive disaster?

Thanks in advance.

Mark Lacey
mlacey at microsoft dot com
Microsoft Visual C++ Program Management

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