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Modeling Power Consumption of NAND Flash Memories Using FlashPower

By Vidyabhushan Mohan, Trevor Bunker, Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Senior Member, Mircea R. Stan, Senior Member and Steven Swanson


Abstract—Flash is the most popular solid-state memory technology used today. A range of consumer electronics products, such as cell-phones and music players, use flash memory for storage and flash memory is increasingly displacing hard disk drives as the primary storage device in laptops, desktops, and servers. There is a rich microarchitectural design space for flash memory, and there are several architectural options for incorporating flash into the memory hierarchy. Exploring this design space requires detailed insights into the power characteristics of flash memory. In this paper, we present FlashPower, a detailed power model for the two most popular variants of NAND flash, namely, the single-level cell (SLC) and 2-bit Multi-Level Cell (MLC) based flash memory chips. FlashPower is built on top of CACTI, a widely used tool in the architecture community for studying various memory organizations. FlashPower takes several parameters like the device technology, microarchitectural layout, bias voltages and workload parameters as input to estimate the power consumption of a flash chip during its various operating modes. We validate FlashPower against chip power measurements from several different manufacturers and show that our results are comparable to the actual chip measurements. We illustrate the versatility of the tool in a design space exploration of power optimal flash memory array configurations. Index Terms—Analytical models, NAND Flash memory, power. I

Year: 2013
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