Minerva: A Compute Capable SSD Architecture for Next-Generation Non-Volatile Memories

Abstract: Emerging fast non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies are very promising. However, the existing SSD architecture is not adequate to exploit the full potential of NVMs due to architectural and I/O interface limitations. To better utilize NVMs, we propose a novel SSD architecture called Minerva. It extends the existing SSD architecture to offload application code to the SSD, and reduce the data traffic between the host and the storage. Minerva outperforms PCM-based SSD by an order of magnitude.

Bio: Arup De is a Ph.D. student in CSE department of UCSD, working with Prof. Steven Swanson and Prof. Rajesh Gupta in the Non-Volatile Systems Laboratory. His research interest is computer architecture, particularly focusing on architecture of storage arrays for next generation non-volatile memories. Other areas of interests are embedded systems design and reconfigurable computing. He is currently a Lawrence Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working with Maya Gokhale.