Performance Evaluation of HMB-Supported DRAM-Less NVMe SSDs

HMB를 지원하는 DRAM-Less NVMe SSD의 성능 평가

  • 김규식 (광운대학교 컴퓨터공학과) ;
  • 김태석 (광운대학교 컴퓨터정보공학부)
  • Received : 2019.01.17
  • Accepted : 2019.03.27
  • Published : 2019.07.31


Unlike modern Solid-State Drives with DRAM, DRAM-less SSDs do not have DRAM because they are cheap and consume less power. Obviously, they have performance degradation problem due to lack of DRAM in the controller and this problem can be alleviated by utilizing host memory buffer(HMB) feature of NVMe, which allows SSDs to utilize the DRAM of host. In this paper, we show that commercial DRAM-less SSDs surely exhibit lower I/O performance than other SSDs with DRAM, but they can be improved by utilizing the HMB feature. Through various experiments and analysis, we also show that DRAM-less SSDs mainly exploit the DRAM of host as mapping table cache rather than read cache or write buffer to improve I/O performance.

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Fig. 1. Results of fio by Workloads and I/O Types

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Fig. 2. Roles of HMB

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Fig. 3. Existence of Read Cache in HMB

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Fig. 4. Existence of Write Buffer in HMB

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Fig. 5. Existence of Mapping Table Cache in HMB

Table 1. Tested SSDs

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Table 2. Host PC Environment

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Table 3. Workloads of Fio

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Supported by : 한국연구재단


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