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NxGn Data

Founded in mid 2013, with offices in Irvine, CA & Hsinchu, Taiwan, NxGn Data 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 3 veterans have over a decade in the SSD industry working for such companies 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.


Editor:- November 24, 2016 - NxGn Data made its first appearance ranked in the Top SSD Companies List in the Q1 2016 edition.

Now in the new Q3 2016 edition NxGn has joined the top 5 region of the list - which (among other changes during 2016) confirms that the enterprise market is still willing to contemplate evolving new approaches to SSD based applications acceleration.

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NxGn Data exits stealth with promise of in-situ SSD processing
Editor:- July 29, 2014 - NxGn Data today exited stealth mode.

NxGn will use advanced adaptive DSP technology to enable small form factor SSDs (such as M.2) aimed at the enterprise market - using MLC and TLC down to 1z-nm geometries.

Fully functional FPGA-based samples will be available in early 2015, followed by final production samples of SoC-based M.2 solutions in late 2015.

NxGn says it will be the first SSD controller company in the industry with in-storage computation capability - what it calls "In-Situ Processing".

Editor's comments:- Earlier this year I published a couple of reports and mentions about SSD suppliers (LSI and Memblaze) who have modifed their controller firmware to eliminate or bypass functions from the lowest level SSD drive - for large customers like Baidu - who then use their array level software to get better utilization and performance.

And in the industrial market InnoDisk - uses what it calls 3rd generation architecture - to partition intelligent data actions between the controller and software stack.

Until recently - only Fusion-io (in whose products the flash controller and apps server - share the same CPU cores) has been able to maximize high end context intelligence with low level flash block data access at a similar latency level.

But once you've solved the problem of making SSDs reliable and fast - it's tempting to create an SSD instruction set which which focuses on application layer needs too - and not just those of dumb storage.

See also:- Active Flash: Towards Energy-Efficient, In-Situ Data Analytics on Extreme-Scale Machines
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NSF funds project to progress in-situ SSD processing
Editor:- December 16, 2015 - NxGn Data today announced it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant (about $150K) from the National Science Foundation.

"We've made great strides in developing our fundamental SSD technology, with a working prototype (of in-situ SSD processing) now running in our lab," said Nader Salessi, CEO and founder of NxGn Data.

The grant application says - "This project explores the Big Data paradigm shift where processing capability is pushed as close to the data as possible. The in-situ processing technology pushes this concept to the absolute limit, by putting the computational capability directly into the storage itself and eliminating the need to move the data to main memory before processing."
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