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.
Hdac Technology Develops New Protocol, Strengthens Enterprise Solution, and “EXPANDS” into FinTech Business
Hdac Technology, a technology company of hybrid blockchain project 'Hdac', announced its business strategy and technology development roadmap at Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas Hotel in Seoul, Korea, on March 13. It was announced that Hdac Technology is designed as an enterprise architecture where a hybrid blockchain project 'Hdac' can reflect the needs of diverse industries. It will also revitalize DApp ecosystem with enterprise blockchain service and develop the FinTech business led by HyundaiPay. In the first quarter of 2019, Hdac Technology plans to complete the SDK(Software Development Kit) and API (Application Program Interface) development to establish an enterprise solution development environment and secure a framework. Particularly, by aiming at DevOps, the firm will support rapid and easy development, deployment, testing, and distribution of Hdac-based blockchain infrastructure. In addition, it will actively explore DApp with growth value and act as an accelerator, thereby realizing the increasing value of Hdac and building a platform that can fully cover the ecosystem. The goal is to provide a Blockchain-as-a-Service (BasS) solution that can easily and conveniently build and operate infrastructure and services based on blockchain, even if the company is not a blockchain specialist. Hdac Enterprise Blockchain Solution can be used in a variety of fields ranging from construction and real estate areas, such as smart home and P2P transactions, manufacturing areas including electronic contracts, purchases, process emergency detection, and production history management to finance and distribution areas using membership points or prepaid cards. ▲ Michael Yoon, CEO of Hdac Technology and HyundaiPay (Photo by Hdac Technology) ▲ Moon-Ok Cho, CTO of Hdac Technology (Photo by Hdac Technology) Moon-Ok Cho, CTO of Hdac Technology introduced the plans of Enterprise Blockchain Solution. “In about March or April, Bridge Node, which connects mainnet and a DApp partner’s mainnet, will be released so that DApp partners can develop smart contracts. In the mid to long term, we will evolve mainnet itself to a scalable platform for attracting more DApp partners. What’s more, we are looking into cooperation with global cloud providers to provide the best enterprise blockchain for enterprise customers and to secure global market competitiveness.” In addition, he added, “With the aim of properly packaging blockchain solutions on a framework unit to combine legacy systems that have been maintained and blockchain, we are at the stage of conducting private block chain testing and POC(Proof of Concept) in the industry domain of Hyundai. We are preparing a BasS(Blockchain-as-a-Service) solution that combines blockchain technology with global cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft. We expect 2019 to be the first year to lay the foundations for advancing both domestic and global business.” Smart Factory enables application and implementation of various new IT technologies such as AI, IoT, cloud, and blockchain by converting data generated at the manufacturing site into big data. Currently, the firm is in the stage of executing POC with Hyundai-affiliated manufacturing-based companies and considering Smart Factory business that controls various factory facilities and machines and collects data through combination with AI and IoT technology based on blockchain. ▲ Hdac Enterprise Blockchain Solution can be applied across a wide range of industries. ▲ Wallet Service provides a two-sided (user and biz partner) integrated service as a platform for various FinTech services. FinTech business, which is headed by HyundaiPay, is based on offering a payment service that can use cryptocurrency conveniently in daily life. Unlike Switzerland-based Hdac Technology, HyundaiPay is operated as a domestic corporation, so Michael Yoon and Moon-Ok Cho, CEO and CTO of Hdac Technology, are also CEO and CSO and HyundaiPay at the same time, respectively. As for FinTech business based on blockchain, the firm will first expand its business centered on the killer services including Prepaid Point Payment Service and Real Estate P2P Service and secure customers at the same time. After that, it will create a user-friendly Wallet Service platform for actively targeting FinTech market. Prepaid Point Payment Service, which is the core, can be used for simple remittance, on/offline merchant payment, smart home service, and simple payment after issuing a prepaid point, “H point (tentative name)”, with Hdac Coin. The “H point” will be evolved as a stable coin in the future. The charging means includes not only Hdac Coin but also various cryptocurrencies, affiliate points, and account cash transfer. By the fourth quarter of this year, the firm plans to provide gift card purchase services such as department store gift cards and Gifticon, and QR code payment service in retail stores. Moreover, by the first quarter of next year, it plans to expand its use by providing simple payment service at mobile/online shopping malls and payment service of electricity and gas bills at the luxury apartment brand, 'HERIOT', of Hyundai BS&C. Real Estate P2P (Peer-To-Peer) Service will provide profits to investors by selecting real asset products such as real estate. It is composed of investment product guide, product evaluation, credit evaluation of business operator, education, consulting, etc. It prepares FinTech product based on real assets to guarantee stable profit rate to users. In particular, it is planned to provide a blockchain-based P2P platform that enables easy management of real assets and reinvestment into various types of assets in connection with the Prepaid Point Payment Service. In the future, it will be expanded to P2P financial services based on various assets. Furthermore, Hdac Technology will showcase Wallet Service, which will be an upgraded version of the existing Hdac Wallet as a FinTech service platform for end-users and business partners. As any complicated authentication procedure has removed, it is to provide an easy and convenient blockchain-based integration service that allows the general users who do not know the blockchain to quickly register by using only their phone numbers. Wallet Service will provide multi-chain wallet, simple remittance, simple payment, point charging function including two-sided (user and biz partner) integrated service as a platform of various FinTech service as well as user's simple and friendly user experience. It will be conducted in a form of portal service that supports Prepaid Point Payment Service and Real Estate P2P Service. When the environment is created, personalization services will be prepared through AI or data analysis. On the other hand, it was announced that Prepaid Point Payment Service, Real Estate P2P Service, and Wallet Service are all in the process of launching businesses within the year. ▲ Hdac is a hybrid blockchain platform that integrates public and private blockchains. Hdac is a hybrid blockchain platform that integrates public and private blockchain and is designed as an enterprise architecture that combines blockchain and IoT to reflect the needs of various industries. Hdac blockchain core framework includes elements such as consensus algorithm, blockchain, cryptocurrency, P2P transaction, security, VM, and smart contract. Based on this, the functions for B2C business service including Wallet, Explorer, node, mining, ePOW in the mainnet, which is a public blockchain service area. In a private blockchain area, the functions for B2B business such as access and management of channels, DevOps environment for development and operation at the same time, off-chain environment linking the existing legacy data or heterogeneous systems, user membership function with access to blockchain, and operational governance function. Hdac Technology also announced that the Bridge Node, which can compose a separate side chain for the enhancement of DApp ecosystem, will be released by the end of March after finishing its development, inner integrated testing, and verification work. Bridge Node provides off-chain scaling by connecting the mainnet’s core and the side chain core of DApp partner’s mainnet and adding a layer that deals with the contract. It also includes a private key that identifies the individual, allowing the owner of the contract, which occurs on Hdac blockchain, to be clearly seen on the mainnet. This enables audit trail of contracts to ensure reliability and scalability. With the application of Bridge Node, Hdac mainnet will be able to provide three services: Token Service, Contract Service, and Scalability. Token Service can issue tokens through Bridge Node or interchange with Hdac, and record the result of the operation through the contract to Hdac mainnet while maintaining the consensus algorithm defined in each blockchain. Contract Service enables issuance and management of new tokens and provides contract functions as well as Scalability that can design various multi-chains based on Hdac mainnet into an independent governance and chain economy by using bridge node. ▲ An architecture diagram of Bridge Node-based DApp Ecosystem ▲ The private blockchain sector is also negotiating a partnership for BaaS business. Hdac Technology stated that it started the R&D of a new protocol ‘HPOS (tentative name)’ to upgrade existing ePoW, Hdac’s consensus algorithm, to PoS(Proof of Stake)-based consensus algorithm for effective network operation of Hdac mainnet. PoS is a category of consensus algorithm of public blockchain based on the economic stake of the inspectors in the network. It has an advantage of improving energy efficiency compared to a consensus algorithm with mining method, which is a consumptive competition method. In addition, because a certain punishment is possible for actions against the utility and accuracy of the network and disturbances of networks, it becomes possible to freely design about network attacks and to maintain the economically safe-network security. In order to develop this new protocol, the development team of Hdac Technology is communicating globally through the meeting with Joseph Lubin, the Co-Founder of Ethereum, as well as development team of Ethereum POS protocol. The team will pursue a comprehensive partnership such as joint R&D and business collaboration. Hdac also initiated research into issuance technology of security token according to the token specification based on the ERC-1404 standard, and announced that it is studying smart contract on token issuance, transaction, and white labeling processing under legal restrictions . “We will provide a Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution that can easily and conveniently build and operate infrastructure and services based on blockchain, even if it is not a blockchain specialist. What’s more, we are looking into cooperation with global cloud providers to provide the best enterprise blockchain for enterprise customers and to secure global market competitiveness” said, Moon-Ok Cho, CTO of Hdac. He added, “We are currently developing a private blockchain framework based on the Enterprise Ethereal Alliance (EEA). In addition to the round-robin method, we will review and develop various consensus algorithms such as PBFT (Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance), expand DevOps tools, and release a private framework including SDK in the first half of this year.”
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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.
ZTE launches its first cybersecurity lab in China to boost ICT industry security
ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, has today verified its commitment to the ICT industry against cybersecurity threats by launching its first cybersecurity lab in Nanjing, China. Following the establishment of the Nanjing complex, the company is already planning to expand across the globe with cybersecurity developments in Italy and Belgium already in the pipeline. The opening of a new lab represents an important milestone for ZTE as it looks to increase transparency and enhance trust with third parties. With the vision of “Security in DNA, Trust through Transparency”, ZTE is committed to providing customers with end-to-end security products and services by integrating security considerations and controls into every aspect of the product's life cycle. The cybersecurity lab aims to provide global customers, regulators and other stakeholders with security assessment and audit services, such as source code reviews on ZTE products including 4G and 5G, security design audit, procedural document review, black box testing and penetration testing. Furthermore, the cybersecurity lab, functioning as an industry cooperation and research platform, will also facilitate in-depth researches and explorations in the security field. “The security lab is an open and cooperative platform for the industry,” said Zhong Hong, Chief Security Officer at ZTE. “ZTE plans to gradually achieve its cybersecurity goals through three steps: first, meeting the requirements of cybersecurity laws, regulations and industry standards as well as certification schemes; second, conducting an open dialogue to enhance transparency and establishing cooperation with customers as well as regulatory agencies; and third, sustaining the open cooperation mechanism to contribute to cybersecurity standardization.” ZTE is committed to meeting the security demands of customers and regulators and leveraging the platform of the cybersecurity lab for further transparency, cooperation and communication. Moving forward, the company will collaborate with world-class security organizations to jointly conduct security assessment, certification, training and consulting. Confronted with the cybersecurity challenges in the 5G era, ZTE will continue to adhere to the company’s vision of “Enabling Connectivity and Trust Everywhere” and bring trustworthy cybersecurity capabilities worldwide.
Venture into the Abyss with the Underwater Ruins Expansion on Black Desert Online
As previously announced on the content roadmap last month, Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss are proud to announce the new Underwater Ruins expansion that will be added to Black Desert Online on the 22nd of May. Only the most seasoned adventurers will be able to venture to these new water-themed locations to face off against some of the fiercest enemies in the game. Players will have to travel by boat and dive into the ocean to enter the two adventuring locations. There are the Protty Cave and the Sycraia Ruins, as well as Sycrid, a brand field new boss in Black Desert Online. Once the location has been reached, players do not have to swim during combat and/or exploration. Featuring brand new enemy types and powerful items for players to acquire, the Underwater Ruins also adds a new summonable boss named Sycrid. This boss will require a small group of players to work together to be able to overcome him. Defeating him gives players a chance to acquire the highly desirable Tungrad Ring, the strongest ring in the game. This week’s maintenance also sees the addition of the Great Marni’s Stone, a feature that rewards players with rare items for killing monsters that correspond with the type of their Great Marni’s stone. Additionally, players can sink their teeth into the ‘Hands of Gold Returns’ event which can net players handsome rewards. More information on how to obtain these items is available on the dedicated event page. The daily attendance rewards have also been revamped with a completely new golden theme. Players can collect up to 200 million Silver by collecting gold items by logging in every day.
ACROFAN Starts Joint Business with PR Newswire Korea
ACROFAN supplies PRNewswire solutions to consumers on the best terms. With collaboration of ACROFAN and PR Newswire Korea, globalization of content publishing is achieved. SEOUL, South Korea, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ACROFAN starts a joint business with Korean branch of PR Newswire, a leading global Newswire. ACROFAN has gained trust both at home and abroad as a news service syndicator that conveys the news of the partners, including PR Newswire, as well as its exclusive contents, to the readers of its multilingual services. Based on the accumulated trust, ACROFAN has strengthened its collaboration with PR Newswire Korea, and from this year, it will provide a reasonable number of overseas business support solutions and services to corporations and institutions that promote global branding. PR Newswire is a global newswire company headquartered in New York, USA. It was founded in 1954 and boasts the longest history in the industry. Since Teleprinter era, it has presented its solutions optimized for various technologies and has established itself as a market leader. In December 2015, when Cision Inc. acquired the company, PR Newswire became a subsidiary of Cision, offering services that are combined with data science around the world. In 2019, it established branches in Korea and is providing services based on innovative technologies. ACROFAN has developed its business capability for many years by leading various measures and experiments to secure legal stability such as copyrights. It has sponsored contents through the Knowledge Sharing Project, demonstrated the public use of ACROFAN content, and maintained a business model that does not outsource copyright crackdown. Various experimental measures and the settlement for many years of solidarity and cooperation with the outside have become the basis for realizing this international cooperation. Jae-Yong Ryu, Founder & CEO of ACROFAN, claimed, "Global News Services Syndicator ACROFAN started to work with PRNewswire Korea to present a new horizon of the content publishing business based on data science. With services optimized with innovative technologies and international laws and regulations compliance, ACROFAN could provide an all-in-one platform that delivers the highest level of effect to partners and customers. Moreover, we have realized efficient business support measures in various fields from distribution of press releases to premium content publishing and outdoor advertising. ACROFAN will try to get practical benefits for companies and institutions." About ACROFAN ACROFAN is the content and news agency platform that compiles scientific and technological knowledge contributing to industry and economy, and indexes and archives the latest information on a regular basis. It is showing content that has the public confidence and expertise targeting various languages and countries. In addition, ACROFAN has developed optimized services for the founding purpose of contributing to the cultivation of human culture and opened to the world. ACROFAN USA https://us.acrofan.com ACROFAN Japan https://jp.acrofan.com ACROFAN South Korea https://kr.acrofan.com ACROFAN China https://www.acrofan.cn ACROFAN Chinese Taipei https://www.acrofan.tw Contact email@example.com Related Links : https://us.acrofan.com
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SHANREN Launches BEAT 20 - Top Reliable & Detailed ECG Heart Rate Tracker
SHENZHEN, China, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart-rate training is becoming increasingly popular today. SHANREN just released their newest sport and fitness device – BEAT 20, a multi-functional ECG-based heart rate tracker on Kickstarter. Aiming to bringing your workouts to a new level, Shanren Beat 20 also provides a reliable way to make your workouts and training safer. Shanren Beat 20 Heart Rate Monitor BEAT 20 is a wearable continuous monitor free of wires and patches, based on ECG sensor technology, capable of generating a Heart-Rhythm Graph, displays the dynamic heart rate, resting heart rate, 24-hour continuous heart rate, while maintaining maximum comfort as well as super high precision. Compared with other heart rate chest straps, one of the BEAT 20's big advantage is that it contains built-in, reusable storage memory with the capacity of 260 hours / 100 training sessions. The data starts being recorded as soon as you put the monitor on. Plus, you can upload all this data to the Shanren Sports App, allowing you to have it available to examine, compare with past and future heart rate data. BEAT 20 offers an accurate real-time heart rate measurement, real-time acquisition of the current heart rate state when you are training, display your current heart rate zone and the real time ratio of your zones, check your overall data and analysis after exercise, that makes you understand your training effect and help you to keep or adjust your intensity in future work out. These all can be achieved when you connect Beat 20 to Shanren's own App – Shanren Sport. In order to prevent over-exercise, BEAT 20 provides a gentle tap on your front chest when your heart rate reaches HR threshold, so that you could adjust the training intensity. Besides, with the ANT+ and BLE4.0 Dual Modes Technology, BEAT 20 can be connected to GPS watch, phone, bike computer or other Bluetooth Smart/ANT+ devices. Unlike most heart rate straps which applies replaceable coin battery, BEAT 20 applies rechargeable Li-battery with a cleverly-designed and waterproof (30m) magnetic charging port. One single full charge can provide 280-hour continuous heart rate recording. About Shanren (The Creator) Shanren, founded in 2012, based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen City and branched in California, is one of most active companies which dedicate to create smart sport electronics and fitness equipment, especially in the area of cycling, running and heart rate training. Shanren aims to make sport safer and smarter, and bring all of our inspirations to the sports industry. Shanren gained 1.5-million-dollar Pre-A round investment in 2016. For more information on how to take part in this amazing project, please visit: http://bit.ly/beat20ks Contact Company Name: Shanren Technology USA Inc.Contact Person: EveyEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.shanrentech.com View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/shanren-launches-beat-20---top-reliable--detailed-ecg-heart-rate-tracker-300852314.htmlRelated Links :http://www.shanrentech.com
Local biotech start-ups begin to target mass market
The "Biomedical Technologies that are Changing Healthcare" seminar was held as part of the 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).Simon Sze, Associate Director, Biomedical Technology Cluster with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) said that various resources to support the commercialisation of biomedical technology have been introduced in Hong Kong.ALiA, a rapid and portable diagnostic platform developed by HKSTP-based start-up Sanwa Biotech Limited, shortens the time for diagnosing potentially critical illnesses to 15 minutes.Medical innovations lead to booming sector in Hong KongHONG KONG, May 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong is known around the world for its financial might, iconic skyline and international outlook. But it might not be long before the city is known for something totally outside its traditional realm: cutting-edge healthcare solutions. This was the focus of a seminar titled "Biomedical Technologies that are Changing Healthcare", which took place on 14 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) as part of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair.The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has made a concerted push to promote innovation and technology (I&T), putting significant investments into initiatives that strengthen the city's I&T sectors, with a view to creating a world-class innovation hub. The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) has been one of the key channels for I&T-focused investment. According to Simon Sze, Associate Director, Biomedical Technology Cluster at the HKSTP, since its establishment in 2001, HKSTP has become home to more than 120 biotech companies, working closely with local universities to research, develop and commercialise smart solutions that address serious health conditions.Three of the best and brightest biotech companies to emerge from HKSTP were featured at the seminar, each of them helping to change lives in the most incredible ways.Eye examinations for early detection of dementiaPeople are living longer worldwide, but this is likely leading to increased rates of age-related neurological issues, like stroke and dementia. Benny Zee Chung-ying, Head of Biostatistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and his team developed a technology that detects white matter hyperintensities, or WMH, through the retina of an eye. By detecting an increase of white matter in an otherwise normal brain, an Automatic Retinal Image Analysis (ARIA) can predict with high accuracy and specificity whether someone is at high risk of developing Alzheimer's or dementia.Early detection for WMH is key, as lifestyle changes have been proven to be effective in reducing the amount of white matter in a brain, according to Prof Zee, who founded biomedical start-up Healthview Bioanalytic at HKSTP. The company's detection technology is now used in a number of optical chains and health clinics around Hong Kong.Saving scoliosis sufferers from cancerScoliosis is a condition that results in the spine twisting out of alignment, causing limited spine motion and decreased breathing capacity. Globally, scoliosis has a prevalence of 5%, but some regions and populations are hit harder than others. "In Guangzhou, they found that around 14% of girls aged between 13-14 had scoliosis," said Yongping Zheng, Technical Advisor at Telefield Medical Imaging Limited, explaining the need for improved scoliosis scans.Prof Zheng outlined the current methods used to detect and monitor scoliosis in patients, all of which have serious drawbacks for patients. For example, X-ray imaging carries serious implications for anyone suffering a lifetime of scoliosis; one study in Denmark linked childhood exposure to X-ray imaging to a fivefold increase in cancer later in life, according to Prof Zheng.This is partly why he helped to develop Scolioscan, a radiation-free scan for deformed spines. Not only is it safer for long-term use and the monitoring of sufferers, the device is also portable, making it easier for the technology to reach rural populations. Scolioscan now has 23 patent families and has been approved for use in markets like the European Union and Australia.Slashing test times for potentially critical illnessesPoint-of-care testing (POCT) is a medical diagnostic test done when a patient comes in to receive treatment. It's a vital part of patient care, as accurate identification of the underlying illness defines the necessary steps to proper treatment, and in some cases preventing further infection. Kelvin Chiu, however, saw flaws in the time-intensive, low-accuracy processes currently involved in POCT. "It's a known problem - we have an overload problem in the public system," said Mr Chiu, CEO of Sanwa Biotech Limited. "What we're trying to do is revolutionise this testing paradigm."His company developed the Array Based LED-induced Fluorescence ImmunoAssay platform, or ALiA, a rapid and portable diagnostic platform capable of slashing the time it takes to diagnose potentially critical illnesses, without sacrificing accuracy. By giving doctors on the frontline access to laboratory-grade tools like these, Mr Chiu believed the potential results could be far-reaching, detailing one area where ALiA could have a huge impact. "In the world, roughly more than half a million people have passed away because of this [the flu] last year."Through the use of a single, tiny biochip that is capable of handling extremely small volumes of fluid, the device tests for a variety of diseases using a biomarker array. Testing time is reduced to just 15 minutes, a massive reduction from the standard 24-48 hours it currently takes to receive results in the Hong Kong public healthcare system. Mr Chiu said the system could also be used for ex-clinical applications, offering customised solutions in areas like food safety and pharmaceutical research and development.Sanwa Biotech devices will soon be used widely in local hospitals, following two years of clearing the necessary hurdles to market in Hong Kong. Still, it was a process this promising biotech start-up was willing to undertake in order to serve the local community and, with the support of HKSTP, it achieved its goals of reaching the masses.Fair websiteHong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair: http://www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair/Photo download: https://bit.ly/2HnCvO8About HKTDCEstablished in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.Contact:Natalie Wong, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: email@example.com Ivion Xie, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
Honghua Group participates in the 2019 OTC with world's first all-electric shale gas solution
CHENGDU, China, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- From May 6 to 9 (US time), the world's largest and most professional oil & gas equipment technology exhibition, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), was held in Houston, USA. Mr. Yang Yunqing, vice president of Honghua Group; and Mr. Ren Jie, senior vice president of Honghua Group, led the sales and R&D team to participate in the exhibition. Honghua Group participates in the 2019 OTC with world's first all-electric shale gas solution At this exhibition, Honghua exhibited its all-electric shale gas solutions and automated pipe handling systems with two pipe high-speed rigs, including the world's most powerful 6000HP electric fracturing pump. The innovative technology products attracted many old and new customers including NABORS and Schlumberger to visit and discuss the long-term strategic cooperation in all aspects. Honghua Group participates in the 2019 OTC with world's first all-electric shale gas solution Honghua all-electric shale gas solution, with the concept of "network first, gas-consumed, gas-electricity combined, flowing operation, and factory production", is based on the experience of highly developed shale gas in the United States, which is also the situation in China, and makes full use of the characteristics of shale layer, with the application of Honghua innovation of research and development technology in equipment manufacturing, equipped with intelligent drilling rigs and all-electric fracturing equipment. Compared with the traditional solution, Honghua all-electric shale gas solution has greater advantages such as investment of fixed assets decreased by more than 30%, footprint of rig site decreased by 30%-65%, personnel operators reduced by 40%-50%, fuel cost reduced by 40%-60%, and fracturing operation cost reduced by 30%. The solution can also achieve zero emission, low noise and continuous operation day and night. This is in line with the current development concept of "energy saving, environmental protection, cost reduction and efficiency improvement." This solution has the world's largest single-machine VFD fracturing system, the 6000HP electric control fracturing system. The system uses a 6000V medium voltage variable frequency drive and a patented motor direct drive transmission structure to achieve precise displacement and pump pressure control, effectively reducing the energy consumption, maintenance and labor costs required for pump operation. The transmission, reliability and working efficiency are all greatly increased due to the absence of a diesel engine, transmission and clutch, which have to be used in a traditional fracturing truck setup. Honghua all-electric shale gas solution has been in use in USA since 2013. So far, the system has successfully completed lots of operations in China and US shale gas development sites, and has been highly praised by its users. It is also China's first electric fracturing system which has been successfully applied in industrial applications and achieved sales. Honghua, one of the earliest Chinese companies to participate in the OTC, has participated in the exhibition 16 times. OTC is not only a commercial exhibition for Honghua, but also a platform for getting together with global partners. Honghua, one of the world's leading manufacturers and China's largest exporter of drilling rigs, will make full use of various resources, continually improve equipment manufacturing and service capabilities and provide strong equipment support for efficient development to customers in oil & gas fields. Honghua Group participates in the 2019 OTC with world's first all-electric shale gas solution First held in 1969, OTC is an international event hosted by the SPE-Society of Petroleum Engineers and co-organized by 12 organizations in the oil & gas industry including American Petroleum Institute. For decades, it has continuously demonstrated to the world the development trend of new technology in oil & gas industry. At present, it has become the world's largest and most well-known professional exhibition in the fields of oil & gas exploration, mining, production and environmental protection. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/honghua-group-participates-in-the-2019-otc-with-worlds-first-all-electric-shale-gas-solution-300852310.html
Toshiba Memory and Western Digital to Jointly Invest in Flash Manufacturing Facility in Kitakami, Japan
Initial Production to Begin in Calendar 2020 TOKYO & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) have finalized a formal agreement to jointly invest in the “K1” manufacturing facility that Toshiba Memory is currently constructing in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The K1 facility will produce 3D flash memory to support growing demand for storage in applications such as data centers, smartphones and autonomous cars. Construction of the K1 facility is expected to be completed in the fall of calendar 2019. The companies’ joint capital investments in equipment for the K1 facility will enable initial production output of 96-layer 3D flash memory beginning in calendar 2020, with meaningful output expected to begin later in the year. Toshiba Memory and Western Digital will continue to cultivate and extend their leadership in their respective memory businesses by actively developing initiatives aimed at strengthening technology competitiveness, advancing joint development of 3D flash memory, and making capital investments according to market trends. “We are determined to demonstrate Toshiba Memory’s leadership in the market, including collaborating with Western Digital to actively execute initiatives that will strengthen our mutual competitiveness,” said Yasuo Naruke, President and CEO of Toshiba Memory. “We look forward to jointly developing 3D flash memory and carrying out investments tailored to promising market opportunities.” “The agreement to jointly invest in the K1 facility marks the continuation of our highly successful collaboration with Toshiba Memory, which has fostered growth and innovation of NAND flash technology for two decades,” said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer of Western Digital. “Western Digital’s long-term investment strategy for the Kitakami site reflects our ongoing commitment to drive flash technology development and manufacturing along with Toshiba Memory. This expansion positions us well to provide the industry’s most competitive flash supply to meet long-term demand trends driven by the growing volume, velocity, variety and value of data.” About Toshiba Memory Toshiba Memory Corporation, a world leader in memory solutions, is dedicated to the development, production and sales of flash memory and SSDs. In April 2017, Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Toshiba Memory pioneers cutting-edge memory solutions and services that enrich people’s lives and expand society’s horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers. For more information on Toshiba Memory, please visit https://business.toshiba-memory.com/en-jp/ About Western Digital Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the NAND flash memory joint venture; the construction and production schedule for the K1 facility; demand for flash memory; technology advancements; product portfolio; and market positioning. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: uncertainties with respect to the NAND flash memory joint venture; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the outcome of legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including Western Digital's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 7, 2019, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and neither Western Digital nor Toshiba Memory undertakes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, G-Technology, SanDisk and WD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Contacts Toshiba Memory Contacts:Kota YamajiPublic Relations & Investors RelationsPhone: +email@example.com Western Digital Contacts:Jim PascoeWestern Digital Media Relationsfirstname.lastname@example.org Peter AndrewWestern Digital Investor Relationsemail@example.com
Geylang Serai Dazzles with close to 50 Light Installations for Hari Raya Light Up 2019
Main arch along Changi RoadKampung spirit brought to life with light displays of cultural icons and community eventsSINGAPORE, May 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Geylang Serai will be bathed in a sea of colourful lights from 3 May to 16 June 2019 as Hari Raya Light Up 2019 returns with a visual feast of close to 50 light installations.Continuing the theme of "Celebrating the kampung spirit", the annual event lines the streets of the Malay enclave with displays inspired by Malay cultural icons and provides many opportunities for community bonding. A reflection of Singapore's multi-racial society, Hari Raya Light Up 2019 is a platform for Singaporeans of all races to come together to celebrate each other's culture and traditions. The well-loved Bazaar Raya Geylang Serai also returned with over 500 stalls offering an abundance of traditional and contemporary items.Norami Aliza Haron, Chairman of the Hari Raya Light Up 2019 Organising Committee said, "Hari Raya is a major festival in Singapore, and the Light Up brings Malays and non-Malays alike to Geylang Serai every year. Beyond visiting the lights and bustling bazaar, we encourage visitors to also learn more about the Malay culture. Furthermore, with Ramadan being a time for family and friends to gather, we hope to foster a shared sense of affinity and belonging through the different community activities happening through the month."Ms Serene Tan, Director, Arts and Cultural Precincts, Singapore Tourism Board, said, "The Hari Raya Light Up is an iconic event that showcases the various aspects of Malay culture and tradition, and brings vibrancy to the Geylang Serai precinct. Through the event, we hope locals and overseas visitors will be able to enjoy a rich cultural experience and better appreciate the Malay heritage in Singapore."Changi Road, Geylang Road and Sims Avenue embellished with iconic Malay symbolsStretching 1.8km along Changi Road, Geylang Road and Sims Avenue, close to 50 light installations provide a grand entrance to Geylang Serai and bedazzling photo opportunities for visitors.The first 15.4m high main arch along Sims Avenue bears a mosque featuring golden domes surrounded by full blooms that symbolise a new beginning and renewed bonds of friendship and kinship. For Muslims, mosques are an important part of their religion. During Ramadan, Muslims congregate in these sacred buildings to perform taraweeh, a special prayer that is only recited during the holy month.Another equally tall main arch along Changi Road reflects the facade of a kampung house - signifying communal life, and family and friends from different racial and religious groups coming together to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa with love and joy - and gendang, a traditional Malay drum. Hanging above is a universally-recognised symbol of Islam, a crescent moon and star.As visitors move along the streets, they will be greeted by sub-arches where a crescent moon and star feature as the centerpiece, accompanied by full blooms in batik floral prints and geometric patterns. The main stage area at Wisma Geylang Serai, which is the main location for weekly cultural programmes, is not to be missed too. A kaleidoscope installation shaped like a star to guide visitors in the darkness of the night will also feature along Onan Road.Celebrating the kampung spirit with communal iftar sessions and ketupathonTo encourage the gotong royong spirit, organisers of Hari Raya Light Up have also planned for multiple iftar (break fast) sessions, bringing residents and other members of the community together for a meal at sunset.Additionally, in line with its role as a social and cultural heritage hub, Wisma Geylang Serai will offer a communal space where families and friends can gather for their iftar.As part of efforts to support members of the community with lesser resources, a ketupathon will be reprised on 2 June 2019, where participants will weave ketupat shells over 12 hours. The ketupat-making session will round off with an auction, proceeds from which will go to charity.Cultural Heritage Race to acquaint participants with Malay cultureIn an effort to continue bringing greater awareness of the tradition and practices of Hari Raya, the Cultural Heritage Race will return on 18 May 2019.That afternoon, teams of three - that include a non-Malay Singapore-born citizen and a new Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident or Employment Pass holder - will discover nuggets of information about Hari Raya and the Malay community in Singapore, as they race around the Geylang Serai Heritage Trail and other parts of the precinct.In the spirit of celebration, male and female participants are also encouraged to don baju melayu and baju kurung (traditional male and female Malay attires) respectively.Bazaar Raya Geylang Serai to delight visitors againFrom 3 May to 5 June 2019, Bazaar Raya Geylang Serai will enliven the areas around Engku Aman Road, Geylang Road and Tanjong Katong Complex. There will be more than 500 stalls selling an even mix of traditional Malay fare, accessories and household items, along with contemporary snacks and lifestyle items. Additionally, container-style shops with various themes and an outdoor dining area with hanging lights will add a modern touch to the crowd-pleasing market.For more information about Hari Raya Light Up and its programme listing, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/HariRayaLightUpSingapore/For further media enquiries, please contact:Nur Atiqah M. Hatta, Ninemer PR, firstname.lastname@example.orgCharlene Ho, Ninemer PR, email@example.com Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com