QNAP Launches Mustang-200 Compute Accelerator for Network Attached Storageby Anton Shilov on November 21, 2018 4:30 PM EST
QNAP has released a special-purpose accelerator based on two Intel CPUs that is designed to significantly boost the processing capabilities of NAS boxes and even PCs. QNAP’s Mustang-200 can speed up access to data located on a NAS box, but can also be used to increase image processing capabilities of NASes used for surveillance, run AI and ML apps, or speed up virtual machines.
The QNAP Mustang-200 accelerators are PCIe 2.0 x4 cards based on two Intel Kaby Lake CPUs (Core i7-7567U, Core i5-7267U or Celeron 3865U) outfitted with their own 4 - 16 GB of DDR4 memory as well as 512 GB Intel 600P SSDs (Core i5/i7 only). Each node has its own 10 GbE NIC and runs its own copy of QNAP’s mQTS operating system, thus offering a familiar functionality to those who use NAS products from QNAP.
By adding a Mustag-200 card, owners of QNAP NASes can increase the processing power of their systems from one processor to three, which can be used by a variety of applications supported by mQTS. Since the cards have their own resources, administrators can deploy different applications on different nodes using the Mustang Card Manager program and physically isolate them from each other. It is noteworthy that the Mustang-200 accelerators can be installed not only into NAS boxes, but also into regular PCs and be used for a variety of applications.
|QNAP Mustang-200 Cards|
|CPU (x2)||RAM (per CPU)||SSD (per CPU)|
|Mustang-200-i7-1T/32G-R10||Intel Core i7-7567U - 2C/4T, 3.5GHz, Iris Plus Graphics 650||16 GB||Intel 600p
|Mustang-200-i5-1T/32G-R10||Intel Core i5-7267U: 2C/4T, 3.1 GHz, Iris Plus Graphics 650|
|Mustang-200-C-8G-R10||Intel Celeron 3865U: 2C/2T, 1.8 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 610||4 GB||-|
|Compatible NAS Models||TS-2477XU-RP , TS-1677XU-RP, TS-1685, TS-1677X, TVS-1282, TS-1277, TVS-882, TS-877|
|Notes||1. The host NAS requires QTS 4.3.5 (or later).
2. TVS-1282 and TVS-882: Only models with 450W power supplies are supported.
3. TS-1685: Only models with 550W power supplies are supported.
QNAP’s Mustang-200 cards are now available to customers with compatible NAS machines. Prices have not been published yet.
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Kevin G - Sunday, November 25, 2018 - linkIt could just be that this took awhile to develop. The time frame from 7th to 8th to 9th generations was rather quick.
If these sell, I suspect we'll see a 2019 revision a year from now with those specs. I'd fathom that there would also be a 64 GB of memory per node option.
Valantar - Monday, November 26, 2018 - linkYou're likely right (though it's been a while since these CPUs launched, in Q1 '17; the 8th-gen ones should be pin-compatible drop-in replacements with a BIOS update). Also, the 64GB-per-node version will arrive as soon as 32GB SODIMMs start arriving for real; there's no reason these CPUs shouldn't support 64GB, no matter what the spec sheets say.
paperfist - Friday, November 23, 2018 - linkI can build my own NAS box with this?
Valantar - Friday, November 23, 2018 - linkNo. It's an add-on card to add compute power to existing NAS units. It has no I/O other than the PCIe port.
Morawka - Friday, November 23, 2018 - linkIt's going to be very very expensive.
milkod2001 - Monday, November 26, 2018 - linkI'd rather get NAS with better CPUs to start with or home server. This seems like solution for almost not existing problem.
Valantar - Monday, November 26, 2018 - link...So you can't imagine anyone having already bought a several-thousand-dollar NAS and then discover (after a while) that it'd be useful to also have it rune some additional workloads without replacing the entire unit? That's very practically minded of you.
Also: home server? This is a $3700 add-in card. It is not for home use.
liamlewis - Monday, November 26, 2018 - linkA special-purpose accelerator based on two Intel CPUs!