Re: Catastrophic compiler errors

Andre Vergison <>
10 Apr 2002 00:17:41 -0400

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From: Andre Vergison <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 10 Apr 2002 00:17:41 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 02-04-035 02-04-058
Keywords: errors, practice
Posted-Date: 10 Apr 2002 00:17:41 EDT

    Mark Lacey [MSFT] wrote:

>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?

The link
illustrates the events you referred to, and adds the sinking of an
offshore platform too.

Andre Vergison
Quest Software - RevealNet Labs
Senior Developer
Nasdaq: QSFT

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