Using MEMS-Based Storage in Disk Arrays

  title={Using MEMS-Based Storage in Disk Arrays},
  author={Mustafa Uysal and Arif Merchant and Guillermo A. Alvarez},
Current disk arrays, the basic building blocks of highperformance storage systems, are built around two memory technologies: magnetic disk drives, and non-volatile DRAM caches. Disk latencies are higher by six orders of magnitude than non-volatile DRAM access times, but cache costs over 1000 times more per byte. A new storage technology based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) will soon offer a new set of performance and cost characteristics that bridge the gap between disk drives and the… CONTINUE READING
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