Integrating NAND Flash Devices Onto Servers

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Executive Summary

Flash is a widely used storage device in portable mobile devices such as smart phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players. It provides high density and low power, properties that are appealing for other computing domains. In this paper, the authors examine its use in the server domain. Wear-out has the potential to limit the use of Flash in this domain. To seriously consider Flash in the server domain, architectural support must exist to address this lack of reliability. This paper first provides a survey of current and potential Flash usage models in a data center.

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