KV-SSD: What Is It Good For?

Manoj P. Saha, Adnan Maruf, Bryan S. Kim, Janki Bhimani

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


An increasing concern that curbs the widespread adoption of KV-SSD is whether or not offloading host-side operations to the storage device changes device behavior, negatively affecting various applications' overall performance. In this paper, we systematically measure, quantify, and understand the performance of KV-SSD by studying the impact of its distinct components such as indexing, data packing, and key handling on I/O concurrency, garbage collection, and space utilization. Our experiments and analysis uncover that KV-SSD's behavior differs from well-known idiosyncrasies of block-SSD. Proper understanding of its characteristics will enable us to achieve better performance for random, read-heavy, and highly concurrent workloads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 58th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665432740
StatePublished - Dec 5 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event58th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2021 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2021Dec 9 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Conference58th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • KV-SSD
  • key-value database
  • solid state drive
  • storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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