I had an interesting conversation with an old colleague a while back, in a nutshell; "If any customer contacted the OEM due to the degraded performance of their cluster, the OEM was able to replace the loss of performance and charge all the costs back to Intel" *Example figures for simplicity's sake let's say for Heartbeat, Meltdown etc microcode updates caused a 10% loss of performance. A 10 Rack Cluster (400 servers) was sold with a specified teraflop requirement - the OEM would ship another rack, with all the trimmings, including Infiniband, Cisco switches, PDU's etc.. Some customers were cheeky enough to ask for even more due to the higher electricity costs to run the extra rack!! Did anybody get or hear of normal people getting compensated? I guess more a question for American's as they like class actions etc.