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Improving NAND Flash Based Disk Caches

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Improving NAND Flash Based Disk Caches
Flash is a widely used storage device that provides high density and low power, appealing properties for general purpose computing. Today, its usual application is in portable special purpose devices such as MP3 players. In this paper we examine its use in the server domain— a more general purpose environment. Aggressive process scaling and the use of multi-level cells continues to improve density ahead of Moore’s Law predictions, making Flash even more attractive as a general purpose memory solution. Unfortunately, reliability limits the use of Flash. To seriously consider Flash in the server domain, architectural support must exist to address this concern. This paper first shows how Flash can be used in today’s server platforms as a disk cache. It then proposes two improvements. The first improves performance and reliability by splitting Flash based disk caches into separate read and write regions. The second improves reliability by employing a programmable Flash memory cont...
Taeho Kgil, David Roberts, Trevor N. Mudge
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ISCA
Authors Taeho Kgil, David Roberts, Trevor N. Mudge
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