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Issue No. 03 - March (2011 vol. 60)
ISSN: 0018-9340
pp: 305-320
Yuan-Hao Chang , National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
Tei-Wei Kuo , National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Cost has been a major driving force in the development of the flash-memory technology. Because of this, serious challenges are now faced for future products on reliability and performance requirements. In this work, we propose a management strategy to resolve the reliability and performance problems of many flash-memory products. A three-level address translation architecture with an adaptive block mapping mechanism is proposed to accelerate the address translation process with a limited amount of the RAM usage. Parallelism of operations over multiple chips is also explored with the considerations of the write constraints of advanced multilevel cell flash-memory chips. The capability of the proposed approach is analyzed with reliability considerations and evaluated by experiments over realistic workloads with respect to the reliability and performance improvement.
Flash-memory management software, disposable flash memory, MLC flash memory, performance enhancement, reliability enhancement, address translation, update commitment.

Y. Chang and T. Kuo, "A Management Strategy for the Reliability and Performance Improvement of MLC-Based Flash-Memory Storage Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 60, no. , pp. 305-320, 2010.
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