Thursday, March 11, 2004
Noon - 1:30 pm
Intel Seminar (417 S. Craig Street - 3rd Floor)
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MEMS-based storage devices and standard disk interfaces:
A square peg in a round hole?
MEMS-based storage devices (MEMStores) are significantly different from
both disk drives and semiconductor memories. The differences motivate
the question of whether they need new abstractions to be utilized by systems,
or if existing abstractions will be sufficient. This paper addresses this
question by examining the fundamental reasons that the abstraction works
for existing devices, and by showing that these reasons also hold for
MEMStores. This result is shown to hold through several case studies of
proposed roles MEMStores may take in future systems and potential policies
that may be used to tailor systems' access to MEMStores. With one noted
exception, today's storage interfaces and abstractions are as suitable
for MEMStores as for disks.
Steve Schlosser is a graduate student in the Parallel Data Lab at CMU.
His research explores the use of novel storage technology in computer
systems. He also works on efficient database storage techniques for disks
and disk arrays. Steve finished his BS in ECE at Carnegie Mellon in 1998
and his Masters in 2000.
Contact Kim Kaan, 412-605-1203,
or visit http://www.intel-research.net.
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