Reinforcement Learning-driven Address Mapping and Caching for Flash-based Remote Sensing Image Processing

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Flash, FTL, Reinforcement learning, Remote sensing

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College of Natual Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment


Flash memory is featured with salient advantages over conventional hard disks for massive data storage and efficient on-board data processing. A flash translation layer (FTL) is a critical component for flash-based storage devices to handle particular technical constraints of flash. It is desirable to use flash memory for the storage of massive remote sensing images and support on-board remote sensing data processing applications, which typically require high I/O performance and hence call for advanced FTL design and implementations. In this paper, we introduce our efforts in developing a reinforcement learning driven page-level mapping and caching scheme (named Q-FTL) that is adaptive and responsive to ever-changing I/O streams of on-board remote sensing image processing operations. The adaptability and responsiveness are achieved by the separation of large and small I/O requests, an integrated weighting scheme to measure access costs of cached translation pages, and a reinforcement learning driven cache replacement algorithm. We demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed approach using actual I/O traces generated from on-board remote sensing image processing applications. Experimental results show that Q-FTL improves over several current state-of-the-art FTLs by a large margin and even achieves competitive performance close to an idealized pure page mapping FTL in some cases.

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