Modeling the Physical Characteristics of NAND Flash Memory

FREE-DOWNLOAD V Mohan – 2010
Flash memory has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. A variant of ?ash, referred to asNAND ?ash, is widely used in consumer electronics products, such as cell-phones and music players while NAND ?ash based Solid-State Disks (SSDs) are increasingly displacing hard disk drivesas the primary storage device in laptops, desktops, and even data centers. Computer architects haverecently begun exploring the use NAND ?ash, from SSD organizations to disk caches and evennew ?ash-based server architectures. In order to study this design space, architects require simulation tools that can provide detailed insights into the behavior of ?ash memory. This thesis presentstwo such tools that model two important characteristics of NAND ?ash: power consumption andendurance.