This is a short article describing how you proceed to identify whether or not you have ECC memory modules in your Linux workstation or server.
Also as a side note, the importance of ECC memory is great. Even filesystems such as ZFS with check summing will not account for flipped bits due to cosmic rays. According to studies such ashttp://www.cs.toronto.edu/~bianca/papers/sigmetrics09.pdf , a DIMM has an 8% chance per year of getting a correctable error. Multiply that with the amount of DIMM’s you have in your system (4 or more?), and you suddenly have a very likely chance of seeing data corruption during a year.
To display what type of memory module you have, we make use of the following DMI type:
16 Physical Memory Array
# dmidecode --type 16
# dmidecode 2.11 SMBIOS 2.7 present. Handle 0x0007, DMI type 16, 23 bytes Physical Memory Array Location: System Board Or Motherboard Use: System Memory Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC Maximum Capacity: 32 GB Error Information Handle: 0x0010 Number Of Devices: 4
Both on Debian/Ubuntu and RedHat based distributions this tool is provided by thedmidecode package.