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Tuesday, June 21 • 5:00pm - 5:25pm
Unblinding the OS to Optimize User-Perceived Flash SSD Latency

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In this paper, we present a flash solid-state drive (SSD) optimization that provides hints of SSD internal behaviors, such as device I/O time and buffer activities, to the OS in order to mitigate the impact of I/O completion scheduling delays. The hints enable the OS to make reliable latency predictions of each I/O request so that the OS can make accurate scheduling decisions when to yield or block (busy wait) the CPU, ultimately improving user-perceived I/O performance. This was achieved by implementing latency predictors supported with an SSD I/O behavior tracker within the SSD that tracks I/O behavior at the level of internal resources, such as DRAM buffers or NAND chips. Evaluations with an SSD prototype based on a Xilinx Zynq-7000 FPGA and MLC flash chips showed that our optimizations enabled the OS to mask the scheduling delays without severely impacting system parallelism compared to prior I/O completion methods.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 5:00pm - 5:25pm MDT
Denver Marriott City Center 1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202

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