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SSD reliability in the true world: Google’s expertise

SSD reliability in the true world: Google’s expertise

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SSDs are a brand new phenomenon within the datacenter. We have now theories about how they need to carry out, however till now, little information. That is simply modified.

The FAST 2016 paper Flash Reliability in Manufacturing: The Anticipated and the Sudden, (the paper isn’t accessible on-line till Friday) by Professor Bianca Schroeder of the College of Toronto, and Raghav Lagisetty and Arif Service provider of Google, covers:

  • Tens of millions of drive days over 6 years
  • 10 totally different drive fashions
  • 3 totally different flash sorts: MLC, eMLC and SLC
  • Enterprise and client drives

Key conclusions

  • Ignore Uncorrectable Bit Error Charge (UBER) specs. A meaningless quantity.
  • Excellent news: Uncooked Bit Error Charge (RBER) will increase slower than anticipated from wearout and isn’t correlated with UBER or different failures.
  • Excessive-end SLC drives are not any extra dependable that MLC drives.
  • Dangerous information: SSDs fail at a decrease price than disks, however UBER price is increased (see under for what this implies).
  • SSD age, not utilization, impacts reliability.
  • Dangerous blocks in new SSDs are widespread, and drives with a lot of unhealthy blocks are more likely to lose a whole bunch of different blocks, most certainly resulting from die or chip failure.
  • 30-80 % of SSDs develop no less than one unhealthy block and 2-7 % develop no less than one unhealthy chip within the first 4 years of deployment.

The Storage Bits take

Two standout conclusions from the examine. First, that MLC drives are as dependable because the extra expensive SLC “enteprise” drives. This mirrors onerous drive expertise, the place client SATA drives have been discovered to be as dependable as costly SAS and Fibre Channel drives.

One of many main causes that “enterprise” SSDs are dearer is because of better over-provisioning. SSDs are over-provisioned for 2 most important causes: to permit for ample unhealthy block alternative attributable to flash wearout; and, to make sure that rubbish assortment doesn’t trigger write slowdowns.

The paper’s second main conclusion, that age, not use, correlates with growing error charges, signifies that over-provisioning for worry of flash wearout isn’t wanted. Not one of the drives within the examine got here anyplace close to their write limits, even the three,000 writes specified for the MLC drives.

Nevertheless it is not all excellent news. SSD UBER charges are increased than disk charges, which signifies that backing up SSDs is much more vital than it’s with disks. The SSD is much less prone to fail throughout its regular life, however extra prone to lose information.

I will be digging deeper into the information this weekend. Keep tuned!

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