Reducing Hybrid Disk Write Latency With Flash-Backed I/O Requests
Source: University of California
One of the biggest bottlenecks in desktop-based computing is the hard disk with I/O write latency being a key contributor. I/O write latency stems from the mechanical nature of hard disks, with seek and rotational delays the major components. Hybrid disk drives place a small amount of flash memory (NVCache) on the drive itself which can be leveraged by the host and has the potential to increase I/O performance and reduce hard disk power consumption. The authors present an I/O scheduling algorithm, "Flash-Backed I/O Requests", which leverages the on-board flash to reduce write latency.