Opening Ceremony of '2019 Chuncheon Mak-guksu&Dak-galbi Festival'
'2019 Chuncheon Mak-guksu(Buckwheat Noodle)&Dak-galbi(Spicy Stir-fried Chicken) Festival' hosted by Chuncheon City was started from June 11th. The major officials including Chuncheon City governments, members, and parliament members attended to officially announce the opening at 7 PM. At the opening ceremony, Hong-ja, Ji-won, Suk-haeng from the popular competition program 'Miss Trot', as well as the winner of the program, Song Ga-in, gave performances. During the festival, a variety of programs such as orchestra, fireworks shows, and fan signing event and concerts of the actor Jung Jun-ho, who is working as a public ambassador for Chuncheon City, are held. At this time, nighttime performances will be closely monitored to reduce the inconvenience of residents around the festival grounds. ▲ The opening ceremony of '2019 Chuncheon Mak-guksu&Dak-galbi Festival', which was prepared with an organizing committee system and is rising as Chuncheon's best festival, was held at 7 PM on June 11th. ▲ Hite Jinro participated as a main sponsor, and the order of revealing the sponsorships was preceded at the beginning of the event. ▲ The officials including the mayor, city assembly president, national assembly members, and representatives from organizing committee attended the event to celebrate the successful opening. ▲ With the opening ceremony, the six-day festival began in earnest.
Computex 2019 International Press Conference & AMD’s Lisa Su Keynote
COMPUTEX 2019, co-hosted by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), will be held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (TaiNEX), International Convention Center (TICC), and World Trade Center (TWTC) from May 28 to June 1. It will present the latest technology trends with five key themes: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Objects (IoT), 5G, Blockchain, Innovation and Startup, and Gaming and Extended Reality (XR). Various events including the exhibitions such as SmarTEX and InnoVEX and the forums such as Computex Forum and 5G Summit will be prepared. On 27th, the day before the opening of Computex 2019, the ‘International Press Conference & CEO Keynote’ was held. At the CEO Keynote, which was first added from this year, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su attended and introduced the new products: the 2nd generation AMD EPYC datacenter processor ‘ROME’, the first lineup of Radeon RX 5000-series Navi graphics cards ‘RX5700’, and the 3rd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors family including 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X processor. At the International Press Conference, Walter Yeh, President and CEO of TAITRA, introduced about COMPUTEX 2019. “Computex targets to create a synergy of global and local resources to provide a comprehensive platform for technical exchange and collaboration, innovative thinking, and resource integration. This year, in addition to expanding the scope of InnoVEX, TAITRA will contribute to innovation by forging a stronger connection between Taiwan’s industry and global resources. With its global partners in the ICT industry, Computex will transform the world,” said Walter Yeh. ▲ Computex 2019 International Press Conference and CEO Keynote was held. ▲ President and CEO of TAITRA, Walter Yeh ▲ Computex 2019 has increased about 10% from last year, and it presents innovative standard of ICT every year. Walter Yeh first introduced about the events and exhibitions of ‘Computex 2019’. A total of 1,685 exhibitors showcase their technologies in 5,508 booths, which is a near 10% growth from last year. On the opening day, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group Gregory M. Bryant will discover how the company is transforming intelligent computing for data-centric world. On the second day, the Microsoft Keynote Forum will offer a look into new intelligent cloud and intelligent edge advancements by Microsoft Corporate Vice president Nick Parker. In addition, the much anticipated Computex Forum and InnoVEX Forum will respectively focus on “Pervasive Intelligence” and “Connecting Global Startups with Taiwan’s Advantage”. The Taipei 5G Summit on 30th will give an in-depth perspective on the latest technology and industry trends. Also, to help its international partners expand business opportunities, the summit will lead discussions in 5G market development opportunities, technology, and innovative applications. As for the exhibition, a Cyber Security & Video Surveillance exhibition area is newly created to display the latest computer vision technology and market opportunities. InnoVEX, with 20% more exhibitors this year, is relocated to TWTC Hall 1 to provide more room for displays, pitches, and matchmaking. Also for the first time, a charity esports event, ZOTAC CUP Fight for Charity LOL Tournament, will be held at Computex. ▲ AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su ▲ More than twice the performance difference was shown at the first public demo of the 2nd EPYC Processor ‘ROME’. Next, at the CEO Keynote, Dr. Lisa Su presented and demonstrated a variety of 7nm computing and graphics products. Through this new product, AMD will deliver new levels of performance, features and experience to PC gamers, enthusiasts and content creators. The first product to be released is the 2nd generation AMD EPYC datacenter processor ‘ROME’. Until now, since 2017 when EPYC processor was launched, more than 60 EPYC platforms have been produced on the strength of the features adequate to datacenters and cost-effectiveness. It is also emphasized that more than 50 EPYC processor-based cloud instances were produced to create a huge cloud environment in the datacenter business. Dr. Lisa Su introduced ‘Frontier’, an exascale supercomputer featuring AMD EPYC CPU and Radeon Instinct GPU, which is expected to be the world's fastest supercomputer with speeds of up to 1.5 exaFLOPS. At the event, a public competition demonstration of the 2nd generation AMD EPYC server platform was conducted, and the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor-based prototype server performed more than twice as well as the competitor. It is expected to deliver more than twice the performance per socket and four times more floating point per socket compared to the previous generation. It will be available in the third quarter of this year. ▲ Gaming architecture RDNA is based on a compute unit design to increase efficiency, provide pleasant gaming performance, low latency and low power. ▲ Detailed information on Radeon RX 5700 can be found at AMD E3 live streaming on June 10 at 3PM PDT. Moreover, AMD unveiled a new gaming architecture RDNA for future PC gaming, consoles and the cloud. Based on the new compute unit design, RDNA will deliver improved performance, power and memory efficiency compared to the previous generation of Graphics Core Next (GCN). It provides 1.25 times better performance per clock to GCN and up to 1.5 times better performance per watt, giving gamers the benefits of more pleasant gaming performance, lower latency and lower power. This 7nm RDNA is a basis of ‘Navi’ chipset, and AMD’s new Radeon RX 5000 GPUs feature ‘Navi’. At the keynote, Dr. Lisa Su introduced RX 5700 series, which is the first lineup of RX 5000. Through the game ‘Strange Brigade’, the demonstration of Radeon RX 5700 series GPU that supports high-speed GDDR6 memory and a PCIe 4.0 interface showed that it has much higher performance than the competitive product. The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics card will be available in July 2019, and its detailed information will be revealed on AMD E3 Live Streaming on June 10 at 3 PM PDT. What’s more, Dr. Lisa Su discussed AMD high-performance computing and graphics ecosystem with industry leaders including Roanne Sones, GM of OS Platforms at Microsoft, Joe Hsieh, Global VP of Asus, and Jerry Kao, VP of Acer. She emphasized, “We have continued our strategic investment in the next generation core chiplets and are providing 7nm products to high-performance computing ecosystems with improved process technology. Also, AMD is excited to be working with industry partners to showcase the next generation of the Ryzen desktops, EPYC server processors and Radeon RX gaming card at Computex 2019.” ▲ The 12-core, 24-thread processor, ‘Ryzen9 3900X’, offers higher performance at lower power than the competing product. ▲ Specifications and Pricing of 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen Processor Family Finally, Dr. Lisa Su released a third-generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor that delivers breakthrough performance for gaming, productivity and content creation applications. The third-generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor, based on the new ‘Zen 2’ core architecture and AMD’s chiplet design, has improved performance in all applications by 15 percent more IPCs (Instructions Per Cycle). More than twice the size of the cache reduces the memory latency to provide a pleasant gaming experience. It also delivers the fastest speed with more than double the floating point performance. Besides, all third-generation Ryzen desktop processors support the world's first PCIe 4.0, providing the latest motherboard, graphics and storage technologies to PCs. The third-generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor family consists of 6-core Ryzen5 models (3600, 3600X), 8-core Ryzen7 models (3700X, 3800X) and a 12-core Ryzen9 model (3900X). The 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen7 3700X operates at up to 4.4GHz with thermal design power (TDP) of only 65W, the 3800X operates up to 4.5GHz and consumes 105W. The 3800X is introduced to show 34% better performance than the previous generation, 2700X. A flagship Ryzen9 3900X, which is the first personal desktop processor to have 12-core and 24-thread, operates at up to 4.6 GHz and consumes 105W, equivalent to 3800X. Dr. Lisa Su stressed that the 3900X has a single core speed of 14% faster, multi-core speed of 6% faster, and a power consumption of 60W less than the competing product. The price of Ryzen9 3900X is $499, Ryzen7 3800X is $399, 3700X is $329, Ryzen5 3600X is $249 and 3600 is $199. The official launch will be July 7, 2019. ▲ After the presentation, Dr. Lisa Su and the officials from AMD's partner companies gathered together to take a commemorative photo.
Technical Overview of the 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable Processors
Intel hosted ‘Intel Data-Centric Press Workshop’ at Intel Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, US on March 5 and 6, and introduced Intel's portfolio of solutions for the data-centric era. At the workshop, the technical characteristics of the next generation processors and platforms including Next-Gen Xeon Scalable Processors and Optane DC Persistent Memory were introduced. Changes in IT technology, from IoT, cloud to 5G and artificial intelligence, are creating trends of explosive data growth, and the ability to handle this data is being linked to competitiveness. In addition, transition to cloud computing, increase of the use of AI and analysis, and cloudification of network and edge are driving the demand for change of IT infrastructure. Intel expects to have the largest market opportunity ever in this data-centric era, with a total size of $200 billion. Therefore, Intel introduced plans to offer software and system-level optimized solutions that can process everything, store more, and move faster to prepare for this market. As a new portfolio for the data-centric era, Intel introduced the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, a new Xeon D-1600 processor, Agilex FPGA, Optane DC Persistent Memory, Optane DC SSD, QLC 3D NAND-based DC series SSD, and 800 series Ethernet adapter. The new Xeon Scalable Processors, Optane DC Persistent Memory, Optane DC SSD, and Ethernet technologies are expected to provide superior performance and efficiency in a variety of workloads through being tightly coupled in a system-level and optimization of software levels. What’s more, these innovations will be available faster through ‘Intel Select Solutions’ with a proven, optimized configuration. ▲ Known as the codename ‘Cascade Lake’, the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors ▲ Ian Steiner, who took a lead architect of ‘Cascade Lake’ ▲ Major technical features of the 2nd-Gen Xeon Scalable Processors Ian Steiner, a lead architect of the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, introduced about the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, which are also known as the codename ‘Cascade Lake’. He first compared the situation when Sandy Bridge-based Xeon E5-2600 series was introduced seven years ago to the present situation. At that time, it was in the early stages of cloudification, but now, cloud is activated in all the areas. Also, while the power consumption was important seven years ago, all of the parts are counted as ‘cost’ now. In addition, the fields where heavy computing power is required have been expanded to HPC, Analytics, AI and everywhere, and the usage of the workload specialized custom processor has increased. The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors provide improved performance, scalability and efficiency based on the features or platforms of the existing Skylake architecture. As for the memory support, the support capacity has doubled with 16Gb DDR4, and memory controller operation speed has increased up to DDR4-2933. The performance of AI inference has been greatly improved through AVX-512 VNNI and DL Boost technology, and the hardware-level countermeasures against vulnerabilities such as meltdown and spectre were applied. Moreover, although it uses 14nm process, there has been an improvement to achieve higher operating speed and power efficiency. The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors offer up to 28 cores in the 8200 series and up to 56 cores in the 9200 series. The features including cache configuration, maximum three 10.4GT/s UPI connections for die-to-die connectivity and maximum 48 lane PCIe connections are maintained. The maximum memory capacity has been increased with the support of 16Gb DDR4, and the operating speed has increased with the support of 6-channel DDR4-2933. With Optane DC Persistent Memory, it supports up to 4.5TB of memory configuration per processor. On top of that, vector operations can handle 16 DP, 32 SP and 128 INT8 MACs with DL Boost in a single cycle via AVX-512. First introduced in the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processor family, the Xeon Platinum 9200 series processor is in the form of two processor die in one package and linked with UPI. Supporting up to two processor configurations, the Xeon Platinum 9200 Series is logically identical to the existing four-socket system in dual-processor configurations, but can be configured for higher compute densities in terms of latency or smaller form factors. The memory controller provides up to 281 GB/s of bandwidth in a 12-channel configuration per processor, utilizing both die. The Xeon Platinum 9200 series is supplied in a BGA bonded form on the motherboard and has a TDP of 250 to 400W. ▲ VNNI allows to complete the inference-related operations that took three cycles in a single cycle ▲ Software optimization and hardware support can lead to significant inference performance improvement Matrix multiplication, which is mainly used in a deep learning environment, is a process of collecting values obtained by multiplying a plurality of rows and columns into a single value. And in traditional HPC or AI training workloads, floating-point operations were used here. In this case, the wide range of possible values was a drawback in performance. On the other hand, in the case of using INT8 instead of FP for inferencing, greatly reduced range of values to consider, higher power efficiency through fewer multiplications, and reduced pressure on cache and memory subsystems were mentioned as the advantages. When AVX-512 and VNNI are used in the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processor, it becomes possible to achieve four times better performance than AVX2 in the operation of receiving INT8 value and outputting to INT32. Previously, INT8 value was input to obtain the result of INT32. The result is obtained through three stages of multiplication, up-conversion, and accumulation, and up to 128 MACs are processed using two ports and three cycles per core. However, when using VNNI, these three steps can be processed in a single cycle with a single instruction, which in theory can triple the performance. When using MKL-DNN library, it is possible to improve performance by 1.33 times by switching from AVX-512 based FP32 to INT8, and by 3 times by switching from AVX-512 based INT8 to VNNI-based INT8. Intel introduced that in the micro-benchmark scenario of MKL-DNN, the performance per watt can be greatly increased by utilizing VNNI. When VNNI is used, the power consumption per socket becomes similar to that of FP32, but the power consumption per unit performance is greatly reduced as much as the greatly improved performance. In addition, when DL Boost technology is used, the processor's L2 cache miss probability is significantly reduced than FP32, and memory bandwidth usage also decreases. ▲ The memory bandwidth allocation function is added to Intel Resource Director Technology. ▲ Types of speed shift technologies applied to N-series products mainly specialized in network workload ▲ Types of speed shift technologies applied to Y-series products specialized for data centers Optane DC Persistent Memory, which is officially supported from the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, can be used in two modes; ‘Memory Mode’, which uses DRAM as a cache to expand the total memory capacity, and ‘App Direct Mode’, which is a workload-optimized form that allows applications to directly access DRAM and Optane DC Persistent Memory according to the purposes. It is compatible with DDR4 interface and 128~512GB module will be introduced. At the same time, Intel emphasized that in the development of Optane DC Persistent Memory, processors and modules were developed together from the beginning. Intel Resource Director Technology (RDT) has also added a new technology. By using RDT, it is possible to divide the processor area so that it does not affect the performance of each job. By prioritizing and processing jobs, it is possible to maximize system utilization while maintaining SLA compliance. Moreover, RDT allows for monitoring and controlling of L3 cache and memory bandwidth. In the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, the Memory Bandwidth Allocation technology is added to allocate or limit the memory bandwidth for specific tasks, minimizing the performance impact of specific tasks across the entire system and ensuring compliance with SLAs. The Intel Speed Select Technology (SST) for workload-optimized environments is made up of three specific technologies, and the application of each technology depends on the product family. Among them, SST-CP maintains a higher operating speed for priority tasks and slows down the processor operation in other lower priority tasks, while SST-BF (Base Frequency) sets a certain core to a higher operating speed and assigns a specific workload to it. With this technology, the total power consumption can be kept at a constant level while providing the optimum environment for workloads that are sensitive and non-sensitive to operating speeds. SST-PP allows the flexibility of processor selection and server operation, and it can separately set up the maximum temperature, TDP, operating speed, or the number of cores activated by up to 3 profiles in one product. This allows choosing among the settings such as a setting of reduced number of actives cores in the processor and increased operating speed and a setting of lowered operating speed and maximized number of active cores according to the situation. In terms of the usage of this technology, it was introduced that it is possible to boot the server and provision the workload by selecting the profile of SST-PP in Ironic, an OpenStack bare-metal provisioning system. The benefits of this technology include enhancing flexibility in the infrastructure that handles workloads with different characteristics and changes. ▲ The dual processor configuration of Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors is logically consistent with the existing 4-socket configuration. Kartik Ananth, Senior Principal Engineer of Intel Data Center Group, introduced about Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors and platforms. One of the most significant features of this processor is the fact that it has excellent processor performance per socket by configuring two second-generation Xeon scalable Processor die into a single processor and socket. In addition, two die configurations can achieve twice the memory bandwidth per processor, yet each die is accessed with single hop latency. So, if the 'density' of computing power is important, it is possible to achieve equal capacity with less area than the existing 4 socket configuration. The Xeon Platinum 9200 processor has a configuration of two die connected via UPI to a single processor. It supports up to two processor configurations, which are logically identical to the existing four socket configuration, with three UPIs per die connected directly to the other die. It has a 6-channel DDR4 memory controller per die, so it becomes a 12-channel DDR4 memory controller on a per-processor basis. The processor package is a BGA with 5903 contacts using 0.99mm pitch, which will be supplied at the system level with the motherboard. The Intel Server System S9200WK, featuring dual processor configurations of the Xeon Platinum 9200 series, offers up to 80 PCIe 3.0 lanes. The Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors are available in 32-, 48- and 56-core configurations and feature 12-channel DDR4 memory controllers on all processors, delivering outstanding performance on memory performance-intensive workloads. Intel's test results show up to 407GB/s STREAM-TRIAD performance on dual processor configurations. Memory bandwidth per core is allocated at 3.6 GB/s per core on a 56-core processor and 6.2 GB/s per core on a 32-core processor, providing a favorable environment for memory bandwidth sensitive applications such as HPC applications. Furthermore, the entire TDP can be extinguished with a single heat sink in all product families. ▲ Main features of Intel Server System S9200WK for Xeon Platinum 9200 ▲ Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors are based on the system level configuration. Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors come with Intel Server System S9200WK. The S9200WK is a 2U rack form factor with up to four independent compute nodes depending on the node configuration, and each node is capable of warm-swap. Memory is available in 12-channel configurations with 12 DIMMs per processor, and storage can use two hot-swap U.2 NVMe SSDs per module in a 2U compute module. The power supply uses 3 units of hot-swap 2100W or 1600W in the chassis and has both air and liquid cooling options. The compute modules include 1U 1/2 width liquid-cooled compute sled, 2U 1/2 width liquid-cooled service sled, and 2U 1/2 width air-cooled compute/service sled. Hot-swap storage is only available in 2U compute modules, and NVMe has 2 M.2 per node in 1U, 2 M.2 and 2 U.2 in 2U. PCIe extensions can use two LP PCIe cards per node in 1U and four LP PCIe cards per node in 2U. Intel Server Chassis FC2000 is Intel's disaggregated server configuration, offering power and cooling in a shared form, with three unit configurations of 1600W or 2100W for high availability and air or liquid cooling options provided. In aspects of software architecture-wide optimization, Xeon Platinum 9200 processors have additional information on multichip packaging in CPUID. As a result, the Xeon Platinum 9200 processors with two die might recognize as two processors but the information makes it possible to logically recognize and operate as a single physical package. In addition, benefits such as the DL Boost technology of the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, AVX-512 support, and various software optimizations for AI can be obtained equally through Xeon Platinum 9200 processors. On top of that, AI inference performance of Xeon Platinum 8280 processors is 14 times higher than that of Xeon Scalable Processors in the early period, and Xeon Platinum 9282 achieves 30 times the improvement.
Formula E Korea E-Prix 2020 Press Conference
Formula E Korea held a press conference on 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Seoul E-Prix 2020' at Shilla Hotel, Jung-gu, Seoul on July 2 to introduce the event and the future schedule of domestic events. At the conference, it was announced that the 10th round race of the 6th season of 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship' will be held on May 3, 2020 in Seoul Jamsil Sports Complex. The 10th round race of the 6th season will be held on May 3, 2020 in Seoul Jamsil Sports Complex. Especially, from April 25th to May 5th, during the holidays of major Asian countries such as China’s Labor Day and Japan's Golden Week, the Seoul International Festival will be also held together to make the event the venue of the racing festival where people can enjoy various entertainment at the same time. In addition, it is expected that the economic effect of 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship' in Korea and other additional events will be more than KRW 400 billion. ‘ABB Formula E Championship’ is an electric car racing championship that uses motor power consisting of purely electric energy. Unlike other motorsports series, it is characterized by its low noise and pollution so that it can be eco-friendly run on public roads in urban centers instead of in private racing tracks. It has been held annually since its first race in Beijing in September 2014, and it is the 6th season in 2020. In this season, 14 races will be held on 4 continents and 12 cities around the world. The participating companies have expanded to 11 companies including Audi, Jaguar, Nissan, DS, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. ▲ There was a ceremony for the successful hosting of ABB Formula E Championship Seoul. ▲ Hee-Beom Lee, Operation Director of Seoul E-Prix 2020 Hee-Beom Lee, Operation Director of Seoul E-Prix 2020, introduced that the positive effects of holding the championship could be securing growth engines and creating jobs since Korea leads the electric car market, considered as one of future growth engines. Moreover, he highlighted that electric vehicles are one of the best ways to cope with fine dust and climate change, and it is the trend of the era that the transportation part, which accounts for a large part of the fine dust generation, is replaced by an electric car. Also, May 3, the day of the championship event, will be the golden holiday period, including Golden Week in Japan and Labor Day in China, and by hosting the international festival during that period, it will be the venue of racing festival where various entertainments can be enjoyed at the same time. Formula E is an electric vehicle street racing championship, characterized by the fact that it can be run on public roads in urban centers rather than in private racing tracks. In September 2014, the first race was held in Beijing, China. Beijing had a special significance as it accounts for 45% of the amount of fine dust coming from the transportation section and it fits the concept of Formula E, which is an electric vehicle street racing championship. Five seasons have been held so far, and the sixth season will run from November 2019 to July 2020, with a total of 14 races on four continents and 12 cities around the world. Meanwhile, the 2019-2020 season will start in Saudi Arabia, then go through Chile, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Italy and France, then race in Korea, then back to Berlin and finish in New York and London. Although there is a burden on the way of traveling between Europe and Korea ahead of the championship in Korea, the schedule took into account the importance of the Korean market and the holiday season of major Asian countries. In addition, from April 25th to May 5th, the Seoul International Festival will be held together to create a venue for racing festivities where various entertainment can be enjoyed at the same time. ▲ Overview of 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship' in Seoul ▲ Formula E, an electric vehicle street racing competition, can also be a turning point in the perception of electric cars. The Seoul championship, which will be the 10th round of the sixth season of ‘ABB FIA Formula E Championship’, will be held on May 3, 2020, on a track in the Jamsil Sports Complex. In addition, from April 25th to May 5th, before and after the championship, the Seoul International Festival will be held together to make it a venue for festivals where various entertainment and races can be enjoyed together. During the championship, the concerts of K-POP stars are scheduled every day, and international exhibitions and seminars for electric cars, electric bicycles and electric boat competitions will be also held to show the boom of electric vehicles. Formula E championship is also an opportunity to call attention to the transition to an electric car, which is considered as a new growth engine in the future. Globally, the electric car market is rapidly growing and the electric car industry development policies of each country are actively implemented. At the same time, various environmental problems, such as fine dust and climate change, are being addressed, and the transition to electric cars has been proposed as a way to overcome them. On top of that, in battery technology, which is considered to be the core of electric cars, Korea, China and Japan account for 83.5% of the global market, and the electric car battery market is expected to become more important than the semiconductor market. In addition, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Korea next year is expected to bring the economic effects of over KRW 400 billion. When the competition and the festival come together, they will generate many economic ripple effects, including KRW 208.2 billion worth of production, KRW 111.4 billion worth of added value. The economic effects generated by K-POP concerts and tourism consumption expenditure are estimated to have up to KRW 199 billion worth of production and 91.7 billion worth of added value. If they are combined, the production inducement effect will be at least KRW 210 billion, up to KRW 407.2 billion, and the added value inducement effect will be at least KRW 102 billion to maximum KRW 203.2 billion and the employment inducement effect will be at least 1,474 to 2,843. ▲ Alejandro Agag, Chairman and CEO of Formula E ▲ The track at Jamsil Sports Complex reflects the characteristic of Formula E race. Alejandro Agag, Chairman and CEO of Formula E, said that Formula E now can be found all over the world, and it has grown into a motor sport for everyone, collecting many championships, sponsors and fans. And the mission of Formula E is to make our world a better place through simple and different kinds of mobility. The effects that can be gained through Formula E race can be the opportunity to develop the technology to change the age, and the presentation of the motivation to change the perception of the electric car. First, in terms of changing the perception of electric cars, the championship will be an opportunity to change a general perception that electric cars are not enough for everyday use. In terms of technology development, Formula E's 'Gen2' machines have doubled battery storage capacity over previous generations and have applied a variety of technological advances, including faster travel and longer mileage. And for electric cars, the emergence of new battery technology will greatly change lives, and Korea hopes that it can play a big role in this battery technology, and hosting this competition will be an opportunity for this innovation. Meanwhile, the track composition to be used for ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Korea was presented. A track of about 2.8km at Jamsil Sports Complex enters and exits the main stadium, and uses the inner and outer roads of the stadium. And as the track is built inside the main stadium, it is expected to accommodate a number of people. In addition, the hosting at 'Gwanghwamun', which was discussed at the planning stage of the Seoul championship, had some real problems at traffic controlling in urban areas with high traffic congestion. Also, the championship is closely working with the Seoul Metropolitan. ▲ Sweeseng Lee, CEO of ABB Korea Sweeseng Lee, CEO of ABB Korea, stated that ABB has a diverse portfolio, and especially it presents 57% of sales in technologies that reduce climate change and aims to increase its revenue contribution to 60% by 2020. ABB signed a seven-year title sponsor partnership with Formula E in January 2018, and ABB provides overall services such as charging technology and infrastructure for EVs. In addition, Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, a support series for ABB Formula E, supported the official charging infrastructure, including the application of ABB products and a customized compact Terra DC quick charger. ABB is a pioneering technology leader in providing comprehensive services for the digital industry. It operates four major businesses including electrification, industrial automation, motion, robotics and discrete automation, all supported by the common platform ABB Ability. In particular, it has a high level of expertise in electrification and electric vehicle charging solutions and has supplied more than 11,000 rapid charging stations worldwide. And ABB's custom tailor DC charger is used in Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race, a support series of ABB Formula E. On the other hand, ABB stated that Korea is ranked first in the "Automated Readiness Index," and is actively engaged in digitization, and economic effect of its automation has an exemplary impact globally.
CTO Moon-Ok Cho, “Hdac Will Boost the Korean Industry in the Era of Fourth Industrial Revolution with the Blockchain Technology”
The blockchain has been regarded as the core technology that will lead the fourth industrial revolution, but there is a sharp contrast between the conflicting views on the blockchain technology in Korea. Large companies such as Samsung, Kakao, and SKT have already made dedicated blockchain teams/departments and announced their own business models. However, there is still no government policy to encourage them. In the face of these domestic situations, there is an indigenous company that has entered the blockchain industry as a global player. Dae-Sun Chung, CEO of Hyundai BS&C, a third generation of Hyundai Group, founded Hyundai Pay, a Fintech company in December 2016, and established Hdac Technology, a blockchain technology company in Crypto Valley, Switzerland, in October of the following year to respond quickly to IT trends. Hdac, which unveiled its MainNet in May 2018, pursues a blockchain technology company that can pervade every aspect of markets and industries based on the technology development strategies prioritizing commercialization. For this, Hdac will provide services from blockchain-based B2C services, including a simple payment service or a smart home, which can be easily used by ordinary users to enterprise blockchain solutions that will bring innovation to the industrial field through convergence with innovative technologies such as IoT, AI, FinTech, and Big Data. Hdac said in the press conference in March that it plans to launch a blockchain-based simple payment service and P2P asset-trading service. In addition, the Hdac Enterprise Blockchain Solution can be applied to a wide range of industries including construction and real estate sectors such as smart home, manufacturing sectors such as electronic contracts, purchasing, and production history management, and financial and distribution sectors such as membership points and remittances. Moon-Ok Cho, CTO & CSO of Hdac, in charge of a helmsman as a strategic and technical supervisor in Hdac, which has begun to blow the blockchain innovation in various fields, emphasized the visions for blockchain ecosystem through the interview with ACROFAN. Q1. What do you think about the current status of the domestic blockchain industry? It is true that the domestic cryptocurrency market had been so hot that the so-called ‘Kim-P (abbreviation for ‘Kimchi Premium’, which means that the market price of the domestic cryptocurrency is higher than that of the foreign cryptocurrency) was coined. The abstruseness of the blockchain technology and coin economy brought scammers and speculative forces, and also various negative effects. Due to the speculative frenzy started before the blockchain proved its usefulness, the misunderstandings to view blockchain and cryptocurrency as the same concept, as well as negative publicity about cryptocurrency, have stiffened. Fortunately, domestic companies are doing well. The reason why the blockchain industry in the whole world is paying attention to the Korean market is not just about 'Kimchi Premium'. There have been companies that challenge entrepreneurship in an environment that is not friendly, and I believe that the efforts and intentions of these companies are the driving force for putting Korea in the position of a blockchain powerhouse. In recent years, large corporations in Korea have been making efforts to foster relevant businesses such as building a dedicated blockchain organization, which is a very encouraging phenomenon. Q2. What do you think about a lot of skepticism about the impact of blockchain? A blockchain is a technology that makes transaction information into data blocks and links them, and it prevents data from being forged or falsified through distributed computing method. Therefore, it is the best way to apply to finance or payment services for enjoying the technical characteristics of blockchain. However, these areas are closely related to the national economy and governance of governments, and as such, they are strictly controlled at the national level. That's also why the government takes time to prepare related laws and regulations. However, companies are limited to the development of related business until the institutional framework is established. In addition to financial and payment services, there are areas which can take advantage of the technical characteristics of the blockchain such as services managing important documents including copyrights, legal documents, and contracts, and industrial areas including logistics and trade. Especially, when blockchain is applied to supply chain management (SCM) area, it is expected that the effective value for all the supply chain participants will be very great. In the process of supply, from raw materials to manufacturers, wholesalers and finally end consumers, many processes exist and participants with various roles are involved. The only technology that guarantees the reliability, security, transparency, and scalability of the data generated here is blockchain. The cost reduction by simplifying unnecessary verification procedures and manual work is the main aspect, and the power of the blockchain, combined with technologies such as IoT, cloud, and AI, will be enormous. Q3. It has been quite a while since Hdac had collected substantial funds through ICO in 2017. Isn’t there any materialized business yet? The story of collecting 300 billion won in ICO follows us, but the price was based on the time when the Bitcoin price was over 20 million won. Now, since the bubble has burst, it is time to pay more attention to every step. As we avoid ‘showing off’ marketing activities that deceive people’s eyes and ears like some other blockchain projects, it might have seemed that there is no materialized content, but it is not true at all. Hdac is working diligently and steadfastly to be worthy of the title 'Hyundai Group' and is carefully executing budgets to avoid waste of the funds. As stated at the press conference held in March, Hdac has completed or is carrying out multiple POC projects for Hyundai group companies in various industries. In the public sector, discussions on the actualization of business are underway since the signing of MOU between Busan City and Hyundai Pay in February, and there are still many other things that have not been disclosed yet. I would like to take this opportunity to say that Hdac has worked with Hyundai Heavy Industries to complete the POC for applying the blockchain to the existing electronic contract system, and is currently negotiating the contract of the further project. Q4. It seems that the government still has not decided responses to blockchain. What do you think about it? As long as the blockchain provides the ability to issue a cryptocurrency, it is, in fact, desirable for the government to be cautious about this. It is true that the negative effect of the speculative frenzy of cryptocurrency was considerably big, but the time given to a player in the IT competition is very short. Because the whole world is competing in real time without the border and day and night, it is likely to miss the 'Golden Time'. I think a cautious decision does not necessarily to be long. The operating system installed in most smartphones around the world is Android which was developed by Google and first launched in 2008, or Apple's iOS first announced with iPhone in 2007. Now, even if an outstanding operating system is developed by a Korean company, I think it is almost impossible to go through between them. No one will want to use an operating system that does not have an available app, and no developer will develop an app for an operating system without a user. The similar situation can occur in the blockchain. A major global IT company, Oracle's vice president of the blockchain development group, said in a recent media interview that more than half of the world's enterprises will use blockchain technology in three years. If we cannot avoid blockchain as it is the current of time that cannot be defeated, it may be better to prevent the side effects by putting it in the system. Furthermore, I believe that 'post-Android' could be a blockchain platform developed by a Korean company if the government provides a promotional policy for Korean companies to lead the global market in the long period. Q5. How do you foresee the trends of blockchain market for the next five years? While international standards are important, 'De Facto standards' are more important in the IT field. There are a number of international standards organizations such as IEEE, W3C, GSMA, and ISO, but now, the technologies and services created by open-source projects and companies based on them, Google or Amazon for example, becomes the standards. In other words, when people use it a lot in the real market, it becomes the standard, and we must be able to lead this de facto standard. At present, I think that Etherium is the closest to the de facto standard. Various technology standards starting with ERC become projects, and many developers voluntarily gather here to create a strong ecosystem based on spontaneity. It may be due to the technical superiority of Etherium, but the advantages of 'what people use most' are great. The more users there are, the easier it is to get relevant information. Also, a lot of information will make it easier for new users to come in. It is difficult for such an ecosystem to form in a short time. From this point of view, the future of the blockchain market is likely to become a battle for hegemony. However, it is not easy for followers to take the lead in platform competition, because it depends on how many people use it, rather than how well a particular blockchain is technologically superior. As such, long-term and aggressive promotion policy of the government is urgent. I went to MWC held in Barcelona this year. Although IoT, AI, 5G were the mains, it was not difficult to find companies preparing blockchain technology everywhere. I thought that the blockchain would be in the overall IT industry with IoT and AI at a point in the near future. Blockchain somehow got the spotlight a little early, but it is starting now. Ju-yung Chung, the founder of the Hyundai Group, always said, "Hey, have you ever tried to do it?" I think it is a spirit of the times that we all have to remind ourselves of. ### Moon-Ok Cho, CTO & CSO of Hdac, in charge of a strategic and technical supervisor in Hdac Technology and Hyundai Pay, is a representative FinTech specialist in Korea, who was responsible for ‘T Pay,' the mobile payment service of SK Telecom. In early 2010, he was attracted to the potential of a service model that combines blockchain and FinTech by encountering the blockchain technology for the first time through Hoh Peter In, a professor at Korea University’s Blockchain Research Institute. Moon-Ok Cho is the first-generation architect who introduced SOA(Service Oriented Architecture) to Korea at the time of working at Samsung SDS. Taking the first step into the IT industry as a developer, he has a higher level of understanding and experience than anyone else in both IT and finance, the core attributes of blockchain technology. Recently, he has written a book on Hyperledger development which is to be published.
Intel Announced New Portfolio for Data-Centric Era
Intel hosted ‘Intel Data-Centric Press Workshop’ at Intel Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, US on March 5 and 6, and introduced Intel's portfolio of solutions for the data-centric era. At the workshop, the technical characteristics of the next generation processors and platforms including Next-Gen Xeon Scalable Processors and Optane DC Persistent Memory were introduced. Changes in IT technology, from IoT, cloud to 5G and artificial intelligence, are creating trends of explosive data growth, and the ability to handle this data is being linked to competitiveness. In addition, transition to cloud computing, increase of the use of AI and analysis, and cloudification of network and edge are driving the demand for change of IT infrastructure. Intel expects to have the largest market opportunity ever in this data-centric era, with a total size of $200 billion. Therefore, Intel introduced plans to offer software and system-level optimized solutions that can process everything, store more, and move faster to prepare for this market. As a new portfolio for the data-centric era, Intel introduced the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, a new Xeon D-1600 processor, Agilex FPGA, Optane DC Persistent Memory, Optane DC SSD, QLC 3D NAND-based DC series SSD, and 800 series Ethernet adapter. The new Xeon Scalable Processors, Optane DC Persistent Memory, Optane DC SSD, and Ethernet technologies are expected to provide superior performance and efficiency in a variety of workloads through being tightly coupled in a system-level and optimization of software levels. What’s more, these innovations will be available faster through ‘Intel Select Solutions’ with a proven, optimized configuration. ▲ Lisa Spelman, Vice President of Data Center Group and General Manager of Intel Xeon Processors and Data Center Marketing at Intel Corp. ▲ Intel is leading innovations in all of various solutions for data-centric era. Lisa Spelman, Vice President of Data Center Group and General Manager of Intel Xeon Processors and Data Center Marketing at Intel Corp., introduced the prospect of the recent data growth that the data, which was about 33ZB in 2018, will grow by an average of 25% per year, reaching 175ZB in 2025. She also said that the extension of data center area up to the edge-level is one of the important trends. In terms of growth trends in real-time applications, she stated that they will account for about 30% of the data produced in 2025, with more than 150 billion connected devices running by 2025. As major drivers of these changes, (1) move to cloud computing, (2) growth of AI and analytics and (3) cloudification of the network and edge were mentioned. And in a series of infrastructure configurations ranging from devices to edge, core, data center and cloud, Intel has a 10nm-based ‘Snow Ridge’ for edge, ‘Xeon D’ for cores, and also Xeon processors and FPGA portfolio for data center and cloud. In particular, in the case of edge infrastructures, the model of classifying, processing the data generated by the device on the edge and moving it to the data center became popular. Also, there are many other ways of using such as implementing 5G or AI at the edge level. As for the six pillars of innovation, Lisa Spelman pointed out (1) Process, (2) Architecture, (3) Memory, (4) Interconnect, (5) Security, and (6) Software. In addition, the components for a new data-centric innovation include processing everything through the processors and FPGA, storing more with Optane technologies and others, and moving faster through Silicon Photonics, Omni-Path Fabric, and Ethernet. She highlighted that these values can be offered in an optimized form at the software and system-level through ‘Intel Select Solutions’. On top of that, she stated that in the data-centric era in the future, the four markets including data center, non-volatile memory, IoT & ADAS and FPGA have faced unprecedented opportunities in history, and the rapid change of the markets into new products are expected. ▲ Jennifer Huffstetler, Vice President of Data Center Group and General Manager of Datacenter Product Marketing and Storage at Intel Corp. ▲ The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors showed some significant changes over the previous generation. Jennifer Huffstetler, Vice President of Data Center Group and General Manager of Datacenter Product Marketing and Storage at Intel Corp., introduced Intel's new product portfolio for the data-centric era. As the common challenges in cloud service providers, communication service providers, and enterprise environment, she explained the implementation of infrastructure that is more secure and can rapidly respond to various changes, handle data more easily, and manage large-scales more efficiently. And she pointed out that 90% of the existing data is generated in the last two years, but only about 2% of the data is actually utilized. As for the requirements for data-centric era, she mentioned propelling insights through workload accelerated performance, business resilience through hardware-enhanced security, and agile service delivery through cloud-scale orchestration. Moreover, she introduced new products for accelerating data-centric transformation; the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, new Xeon D-1600 Processor, new Agilex FPGA, Optane DC Persistent Memory, Optane DC SSD, QLC 3D NAND-based DC series SSD product, Intel 800 series Ethernet, and more expanded ‘Intel Select Solutions’. The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, codenamed "Cascade Lake," are available in platinum 9200, 8200, gold 6200, 5200, silver 4200 and bronze 3200. The features in this family include enhanced memory scalability through Optane DC Persistent Memory support as well as improved performance, DL Boost capability that can significantly improve AI inference performance, advanced system management and operational technologies, and enhanced hardware-based security Technology. In particular, the second-generation Xeon scalable Processors have a hardware-wise countermeasure for processor security problems found in the previous generation architectures. ▲ The flagship of this generation is Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors with up to 56 cores. ▲ The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors showed significant performance improvements over previous generations. The new Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors have two dies in a single processor package, enabling high-density configurations of up to 56 cores per processor and 112 cores with maximum two processors. The processor is optimized for HPC, AI, analytics, and high-density infrastructure configurations, providing up to twice the compute density and up to 3TB of memory when configuring two processors. The product family will be composed of 9282 of 56 cores, 9242 of 48 cores, 9222 of 32 cores, and packaged together with motherboard. The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors provide up to 8-socket glueless connectivity. With additional socket configurations, they could support socket configurations more than that and provide up to 4.4GHz turbo boost clock speed. In terms of memory, they support 16 Gb memory with support for DDR4-2933, which maximum memory capacity can be supported became doubled over previous generations and higher performance than the previous generations. With Optane DC persistent memory, the system memory can be expanded up to 36TB in an 8-socket configuration. On top of that, the processor can show up to 1.33 times the average performance of the previous generation and 3.5 times better performance than that of the system five years ago. What’s more, AI performance with DL Boost technology provides 14 times better performance than that of the early release period of previous generation. In the security area, the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors have been improved with hardware-leveled countermeasures to kwon weaknesses such as Meltdown, Spectre, and so on. In addition, in terms of encryption acceleration, QuickAssist technology or AVX-512 is used to provide high processing performance, and Optane DC Persistent Memory also utilizes encryption in module units. In addition, a secure operating environment will be provided through a new threat detection technology, trusted execution technology (TXT), or cloud integrity technology. ▲ DL Boost provides more than twice as much AI inference performance as previous generations. ▲ Xeon D-1600 processor for intelligent edge infrastructure As a technology for high-efficiency and agile service delivery environments, Intel introduced DL Boost, which shows more than double the AI inference performance of the previous generation and 14 times the performance compared to the initial release of previous generation Xeon Scalable Processor. Vector Neural Network Instruction (VNNI) based on AVX-512 enables to process the inference operation which took three cycles so far in one cycle, so it performs theoretically up to 3 times. In addition, the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors and platforms feature a workload-specific product family optimized for the type of workload and also showcase technologies that maximize them. Workload specialized processors with 'Speed Select' technology are identified by 'Y' in the model name, and you can select one of up to three processor configuration presets. This allows you to optimize the processor's operating speed and number of cores, depending on the situation. In addition, there are 'V' series specialized for VM density value and ‘S’ series specialized for search applications. The second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors specialized for NFV (Network Function Virtualization) environment is classified as an 'N' series. Intel Speed Select technology is applied for the series to provide more service capacity and to maximize the performance by assigning specific tasks to specific cores driven at high operating speed depending on workload characteristics. Besides, the 'T' series specialized for IoT and networking features low power, low heat generation and long term use environment. The Xeon D-1600 Processors for edge infrastructures has up to eight cores and a turbo boost operating speed of 3.2GHz and a 1.5x improvement in the base frequency improvement compared to the Xeon D-1500 Processor. It is a one-chip SoC solution with various components integrated, with maximum 30Gbps throughput of encryption, compression and decompression acceleration function, and four 10Gbps Ethernet interfaces. In addition, Intel's new Agilex FPGAs support cache-coherent connectivity with Intel Xeon Processor, enabling more processor-intensive accelerators than traditional PCIe-based FPGA connections. ▲ Memory and storage based on Optane technology tightly fill large gap between storage tiers ▲ Application Device Queues (ADQ) of the Intel Ethernet 800 series greatly improves the latency and throughput of the network. Known as the codename, "Columbiaville", in the network connection, the Intel Ethernet 800 series has a complete programmable pipeline that was implemented partially in the existing 700 series, with the new function, Application Device Queues (ADQ). ADQ is a way to prioritize packet workloads and hardware-wise control them, allowing for more sophisticated QoS compliance and reducing application network latency by 45% and more than 30% of throughput performance improvement. Furthermore, consistent and predictable application response rates can be achieved. In the memory and storage strategy, the plan to newly establish the balance between performance and cost by configuring the gap between DRAM and cold data with Optane DC Persistent Memory, Optane DC SSD, and a QLC 3D NAND-based SSD. As Optane DC Persistent Memory, which is officially supported from the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, can be utilized as DRAM expansion or high-speed storage of DRAM class according to the usage method, it is expected to suggest greater possibilities in large-scale VM operations and in-memory analysis. The storage tier provides high availability and resiliency for mission-critical applications and high performance through Optane SSD DC D4800X with dual port interface at hot storage where frequently used data is stored. Moreover, the SSD D5-P4326 based on QLC 3D NAND was mentioned in terms of a cost-effective warm storage level to accommodate increasingly rapid data generation. This SSD uses the E1.L form factor scalable up to 1TB in 1U, so a high density and high capacity storage can be obtained relatively cost-effectively. ▲ The portfolio of ‘Intel Select Solutions’ has also become more diverse. Meanwhile, Intel is offering software and system-level optimized environments to maximize capabilities of processors and platforms. As for the optimized software among them, they provide support across the development environment ranging from the libraries including Math Kernel Library (MKL) and Machine Learning Scalable (MLS) to optimized AI frameworks, parallel programming framework, compilers, profiling tools, and tool suites. In terms of system-level optimized platforms, S9200WK product family for Xeon Platinum 9200, and S2600WFxR, BxR and STxR server systems for the second-generation Xeon Scalable Platform were introduced. As for the support for a highly secure data center environment, security libraries for the data center were introduced. The new features that can be used with second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors include Threat Detection, which uses machine learning and CPU telemetry to detect advanced threats. What’s more, SGX card was introduced as a new option for cloud service providers to simply implement Software Guard Extensions (SGX) environments. It is a PCIe-type card mounted on a general-purpose server based on the second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, and it can replace the existing SGX server 12 nodes thereby greatly increasing the service density in a secure cloud service. 'Intel Select Solutions' is already proven to reduce the time, effort and cost of deploying, optimizing and verifying the introduction and transition of a new IT environment, allowing you to reduce the time it takes to create value. The portfolio of ‘Intel Select solutions’ with multiple key ISV/OSV partners, system OEM partners and scale partners will include solutions such as SAP HANA, AI Inference, Visual Cloud Delivery Network and HPC AI Converged in the first half of 2019. The existing MS SQL Server Business Operations, MS SQL Enterprise Data Warehouse, VMware vSAN, MS Windows Server Software Definition, Red Hat and Ubuntu based NFVi will be refreshing soon.
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Belgian Meat Office: African Swine Fever: How Belgium Successfully Keeps Its Pork Virus-Free
Belgium deals well with the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in September 2018. That is the conclusion of European ASF experts. Belgium succeeds in keeping domestic pigs and captive wild pigs free of ASF contamination -- thus keeping all its pork virus-free and suitable for consumption and export. Therefore, trade of Belgian pork is free in the European Union. A sketch of Belgium's approach. BRUSSELS, July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On 13 September 2018, the African swine fever (ASF) virus was confirmed in two wild boars in the Belgian municipality Etalle -- in a region where only very few domestic pigs are kept. The FASFC (Belgium's Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain) demarcated an "infected zone", in consultation with the European Commission and ministers. To avoid contamination, the few domestic pigs in this zone were preventively eradicated between 27 September and 3 October 2018. The products of these pigs did not enter the food chain and was not used in the feed industry. African Swine Fever only in wild boars in Belgium Swine fever prevention and surveillance in Belgium RegistrationAll pig farms must be registered with the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC, the competent authority). All pigs must be identified, and a register of animal entries and exits must be held. All pig farms are registered in a central national database: SANITEL. Belgium currently has 6.2 million pigs distributed over approx. 7,200 pig farms. 94% of the pigs herd is located in the Flanders Region.FASFC officers check the registration, infrastructure and hygiene obligations. PreventionAt national level, a complete prevention plan is set up to avoid the spillover of the disease to the domestic pig herd. This involves physical barriers, prohibition of assemblies of pigs, access restrictions and application of strict biosecurity on farms, prohibition of feeding pigs with swill or kitchen waste (even occasionally), cleaning and disinfection of vehicles that transport pigs. AwarenessIn addition to the actions already taken on this issue in the past, a major awareness campaign was devised by the FASFC and the Regional Authorities, together combined in a National ASF taskforce. ExaminationRoutinely and at all times, pig farmers must call in the farm veterinarian three times a year at a minimum interval of 3 months to conduct a clinical examination of the pigs on the holding. The veterinarian will use this opportunity to check for any symptoms of notifiable diseases and question the manager on this issue. AnalysesSince ASF is found in the wild in September 2018, pig farm managers must immediately call in the farm veterinarian when they observe signs of disease in pigs or dead pigs. The veterinarian must examine all the pigs on the holding within 24 hours. Even if ASF can be ruled out, the veterinarian must comply with FASFC instructions and take 3 blood samples for differential diagnosis purposes, among them an ASF test. From 13 September 2018 to 2 April 2019, blood samples were taken from 4,081 pigs on 938 farms. All analyses were compliant (negative). QuarantineWhen pigs are introduced into a farm, they undergo a 4-week quarantine period before being allowed to mingle with the herd. Collaboration With Neighboring Countries The infected zone is close to Belgium's neighboring countries France, Germany and The Netherlands. In order to prevent the disease to spread, the four countries joined forces through: Permanent concertation, collaboration and exchange of information Harmonized and coherent transboundary measures Cross-level cooperation: Governmental, Local, Firms Result: No Outbreaks In Domestic Swine On 17 February 2019 Belgian authorities announced the following results: 1,539 wild boars were found dead or were eradicated, all of them in the infected zone. 3,450 analyses were carried out on domestic pigs in the zone with reinforced observation; none of them were positive. During the entire outbreak, no domestic pigs were infected. Ongoing Efforts Even up to today, all stakeholders (farmers, veterinarians, authorities) stay alert to insure biosecurity. In pig holdings: Enhanced passive surveillance is maintained. For wild boars: Intensive search and removal of carcasses. Ongoing eradication of the wild boar population. Different fence networks put in place (also on French territory). Conclusion: "Total Transparency Is Essential" Jean-François Heymans, Chief Veterinary Officer of the FASFC, concludes: "Belgium has initiated a closer collaboration with the neighboring countries such as daily communication about the situation and technical meetings between wildlife experts of different countries. In addition to the broad, national collaboration, we believe that a total transparency towards our neighboring countries, other EU Member States and Non-EU Members States is essential for the management of ASF in Belgium, Europe and worldwide and to ensure the necessary trust between Belgium and its commercial and other partners. Therefore, the FASFC continues to inform about the situation and the measures taken trough different platforms of communication." About Belgian Meat Office Belgian Meat Office coordinates pork and beef export activities. The meat export agency was founded in 2003 under the Flemish Centre for Agricultural and Fisheries Marketing (VLAM) umbrella. More Info www.europeanpork.eu Press Contact Joris Coenen, Marketing & Communication Officer Belgian Meat Office+32-476-945-486 Location of the infected zone in Belgium Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/944826/Boar.jpg Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/944827/Infected_zone_Belgium.jpg
Utah AG Sean Reyes Dismisses Recent Affordable Care Act Attacks by Democrat AGs As More Political Posturing
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#ACA--Statement from Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes on recent personal attacks by Democrat AGs on multiple Republican Attorneys Generals about their support for a lawsuit to repeal ACA: “Our nation needs to focus its attention on finding real solutions to our broken healthcare system, and provide access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. “A six-figure ad blitz full of personal and false attacks against multiple Republican Attorneys Generals is not going to change the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional and unsustainable. “Obamacare has failed and will soon collapse. In addition to increasing costs that have caused financial hardships and decreasing quality of health care, ACA has limited the number of health care options and given an unprecedented amount of power to the federal government to control the lives of Americans. “We fully expect Texas v. United States will be resolved in the United States Supreme Court, where the ACA’s impermissible federal overreach will be exposed. Utah’s executive and legislative leaders are united with the Utah AG office in this effort. My office looks forward to assisting the Utah legislature to prepare for this outcome and begin working now on a new and better system of healthcare that safeguards pre-existing conditions and ensures healthcare coverage won’t lapse when the legal case is resolved.” About Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes The Honorable Sean D. Reyes is the 21st Attorney General and first person of color elected statewide in Utah. Reyes has received wide praise for regaining public trust and successfully handling many of the most important cases in the state’s history. Eradicating human trafficking remains a priority for the Reyes administration, along with other important policy issues including the fight against the opioid epidemic, suicide prevention and domestic violence, religious liberty, among other social, health and economic issues. Prosecuting violent crimes and white collar crimes against the most vulnerable in our society continues to be a top office priority. www.seanreyes.com Contacts Lee Rech for Friends of Sean Reyes 801.556.8423 - cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Xpeng Motors Launches G3 2020 Edition
520 km NEDC range furthest in its classGUANGZHOU, China, July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Xpeng Motors today launched the Xpeng G3 2020, the new enhanced high-performance version of its G3 SUV, boasting a world-beating extended NEDC driving range of 520 km and energy density of 180 Wh/kg. The launch further adds to Xpeng's existing product portfolio of the G3 SUV and the P7 coupe, expanding its product offering for the world's largest EV market. The Xpeng G3 2020 model is available in two versions: The G3 400 and the G3 520, with the price range RMB143,800 - 196,800, and delivery to customers starting in September 2019. Xpeng G3 2020 Edition The G3 520 version has an extended 520 km NEDC range, giving it the furthest range of any compact EV SUV in its class. Powered by a new-generation lithium-ion CATL battery, G3 520 has an energy density of 180 Wh/kg, a breakthrough for China's new EV brands. Its battery pack achieves IP68 waterproof & dustproof rating, the highest by global industry standard. It has an enhanced supercharging capacity of 30 minutes for recharging from 30% to 80%. The G3 400 version will have 401 km NEDC range. The Xpeng G3 2020 has an optimized chassis hardware configuration and tuning to provide users with a higher quality driving experience. The chassis is more compact, the suspension is more resilient with enhanced stability of control and ride comfort. With a two-cylinder front brake, a larger rear brake and a larger bore vacuum booster, the braking performance is improved significantly to achieve a braking distance of ≤37 m for 100 km/h. The Xpeng G3 2020 comes equipped with the Bosch's new generation EPB-MI electronic parking brakes, with safety functions such as ramp parking, dynamic parking, automatic departure, automatic parking, and anti-sliding. The Xpeng G3 2020 Edition carries a newly upgraded version of XPILOT 2.5 with new features including TJA (Traffic Congestion Assist) and ICA (Intelligent Cruise Assist), enabling it to perform LCC (Lane Centering Control) function under both city drive and highway conditions. These new features increase the G3's convenience, comfort and safety, by ensuring that the car remains centered in traffic lanes in both congested urban conditions and high-speed long-distance cruising, despite driver fatigue or uneven road surfaces. In addition, the new ALC (Automatic Lane Change) function allows the G3 2020 Edition to assess traffic and road conditions in real time, and automatically changes lanes just by triggering the turn indicator, facilitating more accurate overtaking and lane changing despite blind spots. These safety features are further supported by AI-powered driver fatigue and distraction warning, as well as driver heartbeat and health status monitoring. Xpeng G3 2020 Edition "The release of the Xpeng G3 2020 demonstrates that Xpeng Motors is able to expand, upgrade and enhance its product portfolio, addressing customer demands and reinforcing our competitiveness in China's fast-growing EV intelligent transportation market," said Xpeng Motors Chairman & CEO He Xiaopeng. "As well as a superb vehicle with world-class capabilities, the Xpeng G3 2020 is a confirmation of our capabilities as a frontrunner in China's EV market." Xpeng Motors' release of the Xpeng G3 2020 is the latest in a series of significant moves for the company this year. In April and May 2019, Xpeng ranked as No. 1 among new EV manufacturers in China for monthly delivery to customers, according the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), with 2,200 and 2,704 units delivered in April and May. And on June 18th 2019, Xpeng completed the production of 10,000 units of the G3, 188 days after its official launch on December 12th 2018. For further information, please contact Marie Cheung: Email: email@example.com Mobile: (+852) 9750 5170 / (+86) 1550 7577 546 About Xpeng Motors Xpeng Motors is a leading Chinese electric vehicle company that designs and manufactures automobiles that are seamlessly integrated with the Internet and utilize the latest advances in artificial intelligence. The company's initial backers include its Chairman He Xiaopeng, the founder of UCWeb Inc. and a former Alibaba executive. Xpeng was co-founded in 2014 by Henry Xia and He Tao, former senior executives at Guangzhou Auto with expertise in innovative automotive technology and R&D. It has received funding from prominent Chinese and international investors including Alibaba Group and IDG Capital. The company launched its first production model, the G3 SUV, in Dec 2018. Xpeng's 2nd production model, the P7 four-door electric coupe, premiered at the Auto Shanghai show in April 2019, and will be delivered to Chinese customers in Q2 2020. The company is building its fully-owned intelligent factory in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, targeting completion in Q3 2019. Xpeng Motors is headquartered in Guangzhou, China. For more information, please visit the official website at: https://en.xiaopeng.com/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/xmotorsglobal https://www.linkedin.com/company/xiaopeng-motors/ https://www.facebook.com/xmotorsglobal/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDw84qg11Stw6RgH7JkG6xQ View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/xpeng-motors-launches-g3-2020-edition-300882294.htmlRelated Links :https://en.xiaopeng.com
Asia's Most Loved Representative Brands of Korean Wave 2019 Announced
SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#2019KoreaRepresentativeBrand--BRANDSTARS Selection Committee announced the top representative brands of Korean wave 2019. The committee selected the best Korean brands which offer good quality and best service for consumers and announced them simultaneously across major media channels in Asia, to provide accurate information and satisfaction to the foreigners who love Korean wave. Garosu-gil in Gangnam, Seoul and Jeju Island were selected as representatives in the tourism category. In the industry category, Samsung Galaxy, Hyundai Genesis, LG TROMM washing machine, and Dong-A Pharmaceutical's Bacchus took the lead. Lotte Department Store and The Shilla Duty Free were selected for the shopping category. For the representative entertainment brands, BTS, the extremely popular boyband among international Korean wave fans, Parasite (film category) which won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes this year, and SkyWaterShow (concert and show category) were selected. Amorepacific Sulwhasoo, LG Household and Health Care's The History of Whoo, JUNGSAEMMOOL Beauty, DNCOMPANY's derma-healing aesthetic brand Esthemed, and BELLANEZ 's major cosmeceutical brand De medicotem were all took the spotlight in the K-Beauty category. Olive Young in health and beauty shop category, LG Pra.L in home beauty device, and DIMARE CLINIC in facialist clinic category were selected respectively. The red ginseng brand CheongKwanJang, one of the leading Korean health functional food brands, and health functional food company Frombio were selected for the healthcare category. The most preferred brand among Korean wave fans in the plastic surgery, BANOBAGI Plastic Surgery Clinic, and Samsung Medical Center in comprehensive medical check-up category took the lead respectively. In the K-Food category, CJ Foods' bibigo, Binggrae Banana Flavored Milk, and Nongshim Shin Ramyun were selected as the most popular brands for each category. SINJEONTOPOKKI and Buldak Ramen were listed as the representatives for Korean spiciness, and Kyochon for Korean fried chicken. Sulwhasoo, The History of Whoo, Samsung Galaxy, LG TROMM, BTS, bibigo, Buldak Ramen, SINJEONTOPOKKI, CheongKwanJang, Frombio, Jeju Island, SkyWaterShow were selected for two consecutive years, proving their long-lasting appeal to consumers. "Korean brands are loved by international fans of Korean wave beyond Asia, and their values are growing with higher quality products and services," said BRANDSTARS Selection Committee. For more information on Representative Brands of Korean Wave 2019, please visit http://brandstars.co.kr/. Contacts BRANDSTARS Selection Committee (brandstars.co.kr) Ki-joo Kim +82-2-544-0153
Metropolitan Names U.S. Department of Labor Investigator as New Ethics Officer
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Abel Salinas, who led investigations within the U.S. Department of Labor for more than two decades, has been named Metropolitan Water District’s new ethics officer. The Board of Directors today approved Salinas’ contract to head the district’s ethics office, which is responsible for fostering and supporting an ethical culture among Metropolitan directors, managers and staff. Reporting directly to the board, Salinas will begin in his new role on Monday and will make recommendations regarding rules and policies related to lobbying, conflicts of interest, contracts, campaign contributions and internal disclosures, while providing education and advice about these rules. He will also lead the ethics office in investigating alleged violations and help ensure Metropolitan directors and staff are in compliance with Metropolitan and state ethics rules. The ethics office operates as an independent entity and protects employees filing complaints, the confidentiality of sources and the due-process rights of those accused of violating Metropolitan’s ethics rules. Salinas succeeds General Auditor Gerald Riss, who has been serving as acting ethics officer. “Metropolitan’s ethics office has an integral role in ensuring our agency is transparent in its actions, operates with integrity and upholds high ethical standards,” said Chairwoman Gloria Gray. “We look forward to working with Mr. Salinas and also thank Mr. Riss for his leadership during our time of transition.” Prior to joining Metropolitan, Salinas worked as the Special Agent in Charge in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. Based out of the agency’s Los Angeles Regional Office, he led investigative personnel in multi-state offices, developed policy, and investigated public officials, government employees, contractors, educational institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations for any federal and state law violations, including ethical concerns. Before joining that agency, he served for three years in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Salinas holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University of Texas – Pan American and a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that delivers water to 26 member agencies serving 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs. A photo of Abel Salinas is available upon request. Contacts Maritza Fairfield, (213) 217-6853; (909) 816-7722, mobile Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450; (202) 821-5253, mobile