FlashTier: A Lightweight, Consistent and Durable Storage Cache
The availability of high-speed solid-state storage has introduced a new tier into the storage hierarchy. Low-latency and high-IOPS Solid-State Drives (SSDs) cache data in front of high-capacity disks. However, most existing SSDs are designed to be a drop-in disk replacement, and hence are mismatched for use as a cache. This paper describes FlashTier, a system architecture built upon Solid-State Cache (SSC), a flash device with an interface designed for caching. Management software at the operating system block layer directs caching. The FlashTier design addresses three limitations of using traditional SSDs for caching. FlashTier provides a unified logical address space to reduce the cost of cache block management within both the OS and the SSD.