NxGn Data Awarded a Phase 1 SBIR Grant from the NSF for Storage Analytics

Dec 16 2015

NGD Systems

Irvine, CA , December 16, 2015 – NxGn Data, Inc., a storage pioneer creating intelligent SSDs for the data center, announces that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant will support ongoing research and development of NxGn Data’s In-Situ Processing for SSD products. With a key goal of substantially improving overall data processing performance and energy efficiency in the data center, NxGn’s In-Situ processing will enable the next generation computational capabilities that will fuel future data analytics innovation.

“We’ve made great strides in developing our fundamental SSD technology, with a working prototype now running in our lab,” stated Nader Salessi, CEO and founder of NxGn Data. “With the backing of the NSF through this SBIR grant, we can now accelerate the development of the product’s In-Situ capability. Creating open standards and a seamless integration path is critical for the widespread adoption of computational storage. This grant should go a long way towards creating a solid ecosystem in which storage analytics can flourish and further innovation can be realized.”

In-Situ processing and the idea of computational storage will mean substantial benefits in the area of data analytics. By giving each storage node the ability to process data under the explicit control of the user’s application, significant power and performance advantages can be realized. When a computational request is initiated, only the computational request and the resulting data need transfer over the storage interface, greatly reducing the interface traffic and significantly reducing the required power. This is critical with Big Data applications, where the datasets are large and transferring data over the interface can be time consuming and power intensive. The key element needed to make In-Situ processing a success is a simple but robust environment, which the NSF SBIR grant will help NxGn Data realize.

About the SBIR:

The NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses (<500 employees) to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development and commercialize new ideas. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1548968

About NxGn Data, Inc.

Founded in mid-2013, with offices in Irvine, CA & Hsinchu, Taiwan, NxGn Data, Inc. is a privately held company focused on the design and manufacture of a new generation of Intelligent SSD Solutions. The company is led by Nader Salessi, Founder & CEO, Vladimir Alves, Co-Founder & CTO, and Richard Mataya, Co-Founder & SVP SSD Solutions. These three SSD industry veterans have worked together for over a decade at companies such as Western Digital, STEC, and Memtech in various executive capacities and have helped drive and shape the industry during this period of rapid growth and expansion.

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