Phase change memory: From devices to systems

Moinuddin K. Qureshi, Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Bipin Rajendran

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As conventional memory technologies such as DRAM and Flash run into scaling challenges, architects and system designers are forced to look at alternative technologies for building future computer systems. This synthesis lecture begins by listing the requirements for a next generation memory technology and briefly surveying the landscape of novel non-volatile memories. Among these, Phase Change Memory (PCM) is emerging as a leading contender, and the authors discuss the material, device, and circuit advances underlying this exciting technology. The lecture then describes architectural solutions to enable PCM for main memories. Finally, the authors explore the impact of such byte-addressable non-volatile memories on future storage and system designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhase Change Memory
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Devices to Systems
Number of pages134
StatePublished - Nov 30 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSynthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture
ISSN (Print)1935-3235
ISSN (Electronic)1935-3243

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture


  • disks
  • non-volatile memory
  • phase change memory
  • storage
  • systems


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