by Adam Armstrong

NGD Systems Releases First 16TB NVMe Computational U.2 SSD

Today NGD Systems Inc. released its 16TB, U.2 NVMe SSD, the Catalina-2. What is unique about this NVMe SSD is that is leverages NGD’s “In-Situ Processing” capabilities. The company goes on to state that its new Catalina-2 can use these new capabilities without impacting reliability, QoS, or power consumption. 

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Irvine, California, NGD Systems has been focused on creating computation storage devices. The company looked and saw that while storage has gotten much faster with the NVMe, it shifts the bottle neck elsewhere. For computational work, the bottleneck is shifted to the CPU that can take up to 9 hours to read 1PB of data (with modern capacity meaning only 64, 16TB drives or 32, 32TB drives). To solve this, NGD has moved the processing capability into the drive in a patented process they call “In-Situ Processing.”

In order to hit the In-Situ capabilities, the Catalina-2 leverage Arm multi-core processors. Not only will this allow for the performance numbers it will keep the power consumption low (12W or 0.75W/TB for the 16TB model). These capabilities can allow for lower-cost real-time analytics and larger data sets. The company states that it saw over a 500x improvement in a 3M vector similarity search at the OCP Summit.

The drive comes in 4TB, 8TB, and 16TB capacities allow for 768TB in a 2U form factor (48-bay). It also comes in an AIC form factor with a high capacity of 32TB.

NGD Catalina-2 key specifications

  • Form factor: PCIe AIC | U.2
  • Raw capacity: 4TB, 8TB, 16TB, 32TB (AIC only)
  • Interface: PCIe Gen3 x4; NVMe 1.3
  • Performance
    • Random Read: 35K IOPs (400usec command latency)
    • Random Write: 24K IOPs (100usec command latency)
    • Sequential Read: 250MB/s
    • Sequential Write: 220MB/s
  • Error Protection: Patented LDPC
  • Active Power: 12W
  • Supply Voltage: 12V-only
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C
  • Physical
    • Dimensions: 111.28 x 254.00 x 18.05mm | 69.85 x 100.45 x 15mm
    • Weight: 485g | 285g
  • Warranty: 3-year


The NGD Systems Catalina-2 U.2 SSD is in production now and is available for deployment. 

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