Later this month I'll be at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference in San Jose with some coauthors on the Storage Analytics and Colossus teams at Google to present some of our recent work on optimizing flash provisioning for cloud storage workloads. Our paper is titled "Janus: Optimal Flash Provisioning for Cloud Storage Workloads", and a pre-print is available from Google Research.
This work is about using statistical samples of I/O patterns from a large distributed filesystem to formulate and solve an optimization problem that helps us allocate flash better in our datacenters. I'm looking forward to returning to USENIX ATC as it has been nearly 10 years since I've been to this conference. Shoot me a mail if you will be there and want to meet up.