How Smart Can Your SSD Be?

Sangyeun Cho
University of Pittsburgh
Monday, March 25th 2013, 4:00pm - Monday, March 25th 2013, 5:00pm
Room 554, Building 301


Intelligent solid-state drives (iSSDs) allow execution of limited application functions (e.g., data filtering or aggregation) on their internal hardware resources, exploiting SSD characteristics and trends to provide large and growing performance and energy efficiency benefits. Most notably, internal flash media bandwidth can be significantly (2~4x or more) higher than the external bandwidth with which the SSD is connected to a host system, and the higher internal bandwidth can be exploited within an iSSD. Also, SSD bandwidth is quite high and projected to increase rapidly over time, creating a substantial energy cost for streaming of data to an external CPU for processing, which can be avoided via iSSD processing. We make a case for iSSDs by detailing these trends, quantifying the potential benefits across a range of application activities, describing how SSD architectures could be extended cost-effectively, and demonstrating the concept with measurements of a prototype iSSD running simple data scan functions. Our analyses indicate that, with less than a 4% increase in hardware cost over a traditional SSD, an iSSD can provide 2~4x performance increases and 5~27x energy efficiency gains for a range of data-intensive computations.

Speaker Bio

Sangyeun Cho received the BS degree in computer engineering from Seoul National University in 1994 and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota in 2002. In 1999, he joined the System LSI Division of Samsung Electronics Co., Giheung, Korea, and contributed to the development of Samsung's flagship embedded processor core family CalmRISC(TM). He was a lead architect of CalmRISC-32, a 32-bit microprocessor core, and designed its memory hierarchy including caches, DMA, and stream buffers. Since 2004, he has been with the Computer Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is currently an associate professor. He has recently joined Samsung’s Memory Division to lead new systems-related research efforts. His research interests are in the area of computer architecture and system software with particular focus on performance, power and reliability of memory and storage hierarchy design for next-generation multicore systems.

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