An endurance-aware metadata allocation strategy for MLC NAND flash memory storage systems

Min Huang, Zhaoqing Liu, Liyan Qiao, Yi Wang, Zili Shao

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This paper presents a reliability-aware metadata allocation strategy called scatter-single-level cell (SLC) for multiple-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory storage systems. In scatter-SLC, metadata is kept in least significant bit (LSB) pages and corresponding most significant bit (MSB) pages are bypassed. Without partitioning SLC and MLC blocks, scatter-SLC can eliminate the unbalanced lifetime between SLC and MLC blocks while achieving the similar error rate as the method to store metadata in SLC blocks. We implemented scatter-SLC on a real-hardware platform. The experiment results show that scatter-SLC can reduce uncorrectable page errors by 93.54% while incurring less than 1% time overhead on average compared with the previous work.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7229298
Pages (from-to)691-694
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Metadata
  • MLC
  • NAND flash memory
  • Reliability
  • Shared page

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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