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Author Dickey, Clement L. ♦ Chiu, Lawrence ♦ Kim, Hyojun ♦ Seshadri, Sangeetha
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Tiered storage ♦ Enterprise storage ♦ Pcm ♦ Flash
Abstract Storage devices based on Phase Change Memory (PCM) devices are beginning to generate considerable attention in both industry and academic communities. But whether the technology in its current state will be a commercially and technically viable alternative to entrenched technologies such as flash-based SSDs still remains unanswered. To address this it is important to consider PCM SSD devices not just from a device standpoint, but also from a holistic perspective. This paper presents the results of our performance measurement study of a recent all-PCM SSD prototype. The average latency for 4 KB random read is 6.7 ?s, which is about 16x faster than a comparable eMLC flash SSD. The distribution of I/O response times is also much narrower than the flash SSD for both reads and writes. Based on real-world workload traces, we model a hypothetical storage device which consists of flash, HDD, and PCM to identify the combinations of device types that offer the best performance within cost constraints. Our results show that - even at current price points - PCM storage devices show promise as a new component in multi-tiered enterprise storage systems.
Description Affiliation: IBM Almaden Research. San Jose, CA (Kim, Hyojun; Seshadri, Sangeetha; Dickey, Clement L.; Chiu, Lawrence)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1975-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review (OPSR)
Volume Number 48
Issue Number 1
Page Count 8
Starting Page 82
Ending Page 89


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