Durable Address Translation in PCM-Based Flash Storage Systems

Duo Liu, Kan Zhong, Tianzheng Wang, Yi Wang, Zili Shao, Edwin Hsing Mean Sha, Jingling Xue

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� 2016 IEEE. Phase change memory (PCM) is a promising DRAM alternative because of its non-volatility, high density, low standby power and close-to-DRAM performance. These features make PCM an attractive solution to optimize the management of NAND flash memory in embedded systems. However, PCM's limited write endurance hinders its application in embedded systems. Therefore, how to manage flash memory with PCM - particularly guarantee PCM a reasonable lifetime - becomes a challenging issue. In this paper, we propose to partially replace DRAM using PCM to optimize the management of flash memory metadata for better system reliability in the presence of power failure and system crash. To prolong PCM's lifetime, we present a write-activity-aware PCM-assisted flash memory management scheme, called PCM-FTL. By differentiating sequential and random I/O behaviors, a novel two-level mapping mechanism and a customized wear-leveling scheme are developed to reduce writes to PCM and extend its lifetime. We evaluate PCM-FTL with a variety of general-purpose and mobile I/O workloads. Experimental results show that PCM-FTL can significantly reduce write activities and achieve an even distribution of writes in PCM with very low overhead.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7501824
Pages (from-to)475-490
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • flash translation layer
  • NAND flash memory
  • Phase change memory
  • write activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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