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1. An FPGA-based development platform for SSD
Designed as an open framework for designing, implementing, and evaluating HW/SW components for SSDs
Delivering performance comparable to commercially available SSDs
2. BlueSSD hardware
Built on top of the Xilinx XUPV2P FPGA board and the custom flash storage daughter board which holds up to 8 packages and up to 16 chip-enables.
Populated with 32 1GB MLC flash parts, each with a single chip enable.
PowerPC 405 on the XUP board runs the Linux 184.108.40.206 kernel that is used as a platform for firmware such as a flash translation layer.
3. BlueSSD software
Provide a flexible software infrastructure so that several flash management schemes can be employed with minimal modifications to the existing software system.
Overall structure of the flash firmware, which is composed of 3 layers: a device driver for the flash controller, a host interface, and a flash translation layer.
4. Published papers
Sungjin Lee, Kermin Fleming, Jihoon Park, Keonsoo Ha, Adrian Caulfield, Steven Swanson, Arvind, and Jihong Kim, "BlueSSD: An Open Platform for Cross-layer Experiments for NAND Flash-based SSDs," International Workshop on Architectural Research Prototyping (WARP '10) in conjunction with ISCA 2010, Saint-Malo, France, June 19, 2010
Sungjin Lee, Jihoon Park, Kermin Fleming, Arvind, and Jihong Kim, "Improving Performance and Lifetime of Solid¡©-State Drives Using Hardware¡©-Accelerated Compression," IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, Vol. 57, Issue 4, pp. 1732-1739, December 2011
Sungjin Lee, Jisung Park, and Jihong Kim, "FlashBench: A Workbench for a Rapid Development of Flash-Based Storage Devices," To be presented at International Symposium on Rapid System Prototyping (RSP'12) in conjunction with ESWEEK 2012, Tampere, Finland, October 11-12, 2012