Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 20:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "In the past five years, flash memory has progressed from a promising accelerator, whose place in the data center was still uncertain, to an established enterprise component for storing performance-critical data. It's rise to prominence followed its proliferation in the consumer world and the volume economics that followed. With SSDs, flash arrived in a form optimized for compatibility - just replace a hard drive with an SSD for radically better performance. But the properties of the NAND flash memory used by SSDs differ significantly from those of the magnetic media in the hard drives they often displace. While SSDs have become more pervasive in a variety of uses, the industry has only just started to design storage systems that embrace the nuances of flash memory. As it escapes the confines of compatibility, significant improvements in performance, reliability, and cost are possible."
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RE: Comment by TempleOS
by gilboa on Mon 15th Apr 2013 06:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by TempleOS"
gilboa
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When the fundamental storage changes from volitile to nonvolitile, a new reality exists and everything changes. The old operating systems can obviously treat it conventionally, but the potential for a big improvement will be there until a new operating system is designed.


I'm not sure I follow you: You mean using flash memory instead of RAM, or RAM instead of flash memory (NAND, NOR, etc)?
I assume you understand what are the implications of using flash memory to store volatile information right? (Suggestion: Wikipedia, "write amplification").

- Gilboa

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