Power Consumption Signature: Characterizing an SSD

Balgeun YOO  Seongjin LEE  Youjip WON  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E99-D   No.7   pp.1796-1809
Publication Date: 2016/07/01
Publicized: 2016/03/30
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015EDP7381
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Data Engineering, Web Information Systems
SSD,  characterization,  power consumption measurement,  internal parallelism,  I/O unit,  page allocation scheme,  

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SSDs consist of non-mechanical components (host interface, control core, DRAM, flash memory, etc.) whose integrated behavior is not well-known. This makes an SSD seem like a black-box to users. We analyzed power consumption of four SSDs with standard I/O operations. We find the following: (a) the power consumption of SSDs is not significantly lower than that of HDDs, (b) all SSDs we tested had similar power consumption patterns which, we assume, is a result of their internal parallelism. SSDs have a parallel architecture that connects flash memories by channel or by way. This parallel architecture improves performance of SSDs if the information is known to the file system. This paper proposes three SSD characterization algorithms to infer the characteristics of SSD, such as internal parallelism, I/O unit, and page allocation scheme, by measuring its power consumption with various sized workloads. These algorithms are applied to four real SSDs to find: (i) the internal parallelism to decide whether to perform I/Os in a concurrent or an interleaved manner, (ii) the I/O unit size that determines the maximum size that can be assigned to a flash memory, and (iii) a page allocation method to map the logical address of write operations, which are requested from the host to the physical address of flash memory. We developed a data sampling method to provide consistency in collecting power consumption patterns of each SSD. When we applied three algorithms to four real SSDs, we found flash memory configurations, I/O unit sizes, and page allocation schemes. We show that the performance of SSD can be improved by aligning the record size of file system with I/O unit of SSD, which we found by using our algorithm. We found that Q Pro has I/O unit of 32 KB, and by aligning the file system record size to 32 KB, the performance increased by 201% and energy consumption decreased by 85%, which compared to the record size of 4 KB.