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Implement a flash translation layer.
A flash translation layer does block remapping, translating from visible block addresses used by a file system to physical cells on one or more flash chips. This provides wear leveling, which is essential for effective use of flash, and also typically some amount of read caching and write buffering. (And it takes care of excluding cells that have gone bad.)
This allows FFS, LFS, msdosfs, or whatever other conventional file system to be used on raw flash chips. (Note that SSDs and USB flash drives and so forth contain their own FTLs.)
FTLs involve quite a bit of voodoo and there is a lot of prior art and research; do not just sit down and start coding.
There are also some research FTLs that we might be able to get the code for; it is probably worth looking into this.