I'll take "almost sounds too good to be true" for $100, Alex. A research team from Japan's Chuo University claims to have developed a type of middleware that, in certain cases, can triple the write performance of solid-state drives while simultaneously cutting power consumption and flash wear. TechOn has the scoop on the research, which looks like it could be the real deal.
According to TechOn, the middleware works by curbing data fragmentation, which in turn reduces the amount of overhead caused by garbage collection:
The new method forms a middleware layer called "LBA (logical block address) scrambler" between the file system (OS) and [flash translation layer]. The LBA scrambler works in conjunction with the FTL and converts the logical addresses of data being written to reduce the effect of fragmentation.
Specifically, instead of writing data on a new blank page, data is written on a fragmented page located in the block to be erased next. As a result, the ratio of invalid pages in the block to be erased increases, reducing the number of valid pages that need to be copied to another area at the time of garbage collection.
Along with the tripling of write performance, the team reportedly achieved a 60% drop in power consumption and a 55% reduction in write/erase cycles. Obviously, fewer write/erase cycles should translate into greater drive longevity.
TechOn says the Japanese team's middleware could work on existing drives, since it requires no changes to the hardware. The middleware is said to be a "more versatile" version of an earlier concept that was aimed at database applications. A "wider variety of applications" stand to benefit from this latest version, TechOn says.
|Kopin microdisplays could make VR headsets sharper and slimmer||5|
|Rumor: Ryzen stock coolers and retail packaging pictured||33|
|International Mother Language Day Shortbread||13|
|AOC readies up a pair of 144-Hz curved VA monitors||15|
|Fallout 4's wasteland is coming to VR||10|
|Blizzard ends support for Windows XP and Vista||33|
|TSUBAME3.0 gears up for AI supercomputing with 2160 Tesla P100s||45|
|Master of Shapes brings Vive tracking to Daydream VR||5|
|Biostar's Ryzen motherboards race toward release||67|
|"You must create an account and be logged in to GeForce Experience to attend this event."||+59|