NGD Systems Awarded Phase IIB Small Business Innovation Research by the National Science Foundation

Sep 20 2018

NGD Systems

Award demonstrates continued commitment to deployment of In-Situ Processing and its ability to boost Computational Storage performance.

IRVINE, Calif. – September 20, 2018 – NGD Systems, Inc., the leader in computational storage, today announced the award of a Phase IIB Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to the company by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant enables NGD Systems to continue the work originally funded in the 2016 Phase I SBIR grant on developing applications for Computational Storage through In-Situ Processing for growing petabyte-scale analytics workloads. The award represents continued commitment and further confidence in the deployment of computational storage and in the ability of NGD Systems to deliver market-changing products that embody In-Situ Processing.

“We are excited to be the recipient of this grant from the National Science Foundation,” said Vladimir Alves, chief technical officer at NGD Systems. “The Small Business Innovative Research Phase IIB program is granted to companies whose achievements in the SBIR Phase I and Phase II programs demonstrated both technical merit and commercial potential. This award confirms the confidence of the NSF in NGD Systems and in the commercialization of Computational Storage.”

While the concepts of Computational Storage and In-Situ Processing exist, a recent webinar survey showed that concerns about the maturity and stability of Computational Storage vendors is one of the concerns of end-users. This grant by the NSF demonstrates the US Government’s confidence in both In-Situ Processing and in NGD Systems ability to deliver Enterprise-class products on the application of Computational Storage to petabyte-scale analytics workloads.

“Flash has transformed storage performance, and the NVMe protocols are now helping to extract even more speed from solid-state storage,” said Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst at 451 Research. “But while these changes have goal posts are being moved by emerging applications such as AI, which need yet faster access to data. That is driving a requirement for new architectures that will boost storage performance, while containing infrastructure costs, and taking advantage of the promised benefits of storage-class memories. Because even small amounts of data have gravity, conventional architectures need time to move data from storage devices into the processors that need to access it. NGD’s approach is instead to move the processing to the data, effectively making the storage smart.”

Regardless of use in edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, or real-time analytics. Computational Storage offers a means to nearly eliminate data movement through a system for analysis, which reduces the overall latency of the solution. At the same time, NGD Systems patented storage architecture can significantly reduce the server footprint of these solutions through the largest capacity, intelligent storage devices. This is critically important for embedded applications encompassed by content delivery network (CDN) points of presence (PoPs), IoT, and edge computing. The NGD Systems Newport platform, the latest in Computational Storage, builds upon the already-successful family of computational storage devices in use in the market today.

About NGD Systems

Founded in 2013 with its headquarters in Irvine, California, NGD Systems is a venture-funded company focused on creation of new category of storage devices that brings computation to data. NGD has designed its advanced proprietary NVMe controller technology which deploys patented Elastic FTL algorithm and Advanced LDPC Engines to provide industry leading capacity and scalability. The platform also deploys the patented In-Situ Processing technology to enable Computational Storage capability. The company is led by an executive team that helped drive and shape the flash storage industry, with decades in leadership positions with storage companies such as Western Digital, STEC, Memtech, and Micron. For more information, please visit

About the NSF’s Small Business Programs

America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7.8 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information, visit

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