Low Power Mobile Storage: SSD Case Study

  • Sungjoo Yoo
  • Chanik Park


Solid state disks (SSDs) consisting of NAND flash memory are replacing conventional HDDs in mobile and server markets. The major reason for such a widespread replacement is the high performance and low power consumption enabled by an SSD. It especially gives better performance and power efficiency for random requests, because it does not require slow-moving and power-hungry mechanical operations, e.g., motor control. For the performance of sequential requests, multi-channel/way parallel architectures are adopted, and the speed of the host interface is increased. Even though an SSD has better power efficiency than an HDD, the SSD power consumption must be minimized due to the stringent power consumption constraints of mobile and server products. This chapter presents a case study of developing an SSD power model with an application to low power SSD design. The power model is based on real measurement data. For accurate modeling, one must take into account the internal parallelism as well as power states. The case study shows that the power model is useful in evaluating the designs of dynamic power management policy.


Power Consumption Hard Disk Drive Flash Memory Idle Period Flash Translation Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.POSTECHPohangRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Samsung ElectronicsHwasung-CityRepublic of Korea

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