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A Group-Based Hybrid Wear-Leveling Algorithm for Flash Memory Storage Systems

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6 Author(s)
Husheng Liu ; Coll. of Electron. Sci. & Eng., Nat. Univ. of Defense Technol., Changsha, China ; Hongshan Nie ; Qiang Liu ; Qiyou Xie
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Wear-leveling algorithm is required in most flash memory controllers to prolong the lifetime of flash memory by distributing the erase operations evenly across the whole flash memory. This paper proposes a group based wear-leveling algorithm which can dramatically reduce the RAM space required by wear-leveling algorithm while maintaining the wear-leveling performance. We adopt random wear-leveling policy which requires very little RAM space inside a group to make the data in the group move around and the wear in the group respectively even. And a threshold controlled static wear-leveling policy is adopted among different groups to make the average wear of different groups even. A series of trace-driven simulations show that our group based algorithm consumes only 78% of RAM space compare with previous group-based wear-leveling algorithm which require complex data structure, while maintaining nearly the same wear-leveling performance.

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Digital Manufacturing and Automation (ICDMA), 2012 Third International Conference on

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July 31 2012-Aug. 2 2012

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