John D. Davis and Lintao Zhang
In this paper, we introduce the Flash Research Platform (FRP), a non-volatile memory research platform that targets Solid State Storage (SSS) and NAND Flash research. We are developing the FRP because we believe that solid state storage devices such as Solid State Disks (SSDs) will be a ubiquitous persistent storage medium within 5 years for personal computers and servers. Solid state technologies present great challenges and opportunities to revolutionize storage system architecture. This architectural change will affect the entire application stack of the computation platform and could enable new applications at a radically lower infrastructure cost than currently possible.
Various Flash-based storage devices have been proposed. However, most of the existing and proposed solutions still regard Flash (and other solid state storage devices such as Phase Change Memory (PCM) and Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM)) as a way to build faster hard disk drive equivalents (i.e., SSDs). Although this is a valid and sufficient approach for the short term, there are many more options in the design space and many open questions need to be answered to best exploit these new technologies in the longer term.
To help answer these questions, we need a flexible platform for experimentation. We present a Flash Research Platform for SSS research. FRP leverages reconfigurable hardware to provide maximum flexibility for innovative architectural and algorithmic design of the next generation storage systems.
|Published in||The First Workshop on Integrating Solid-state Memory into the Storage Hierarchy, Held in Conjunction with ASPLOS 2009|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.|
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