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News Article | April 27, 2017
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BEAVERTON, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum held its Spring 2017 UEFI Seminar and Plugfest last month in Nanjing, China, hosting firmware thought leaders and testing the latest technology—indicating high interest in UEFI in China’s technology market. The UEFI Forum, a non-profit industry standards body responsible for developing, managing and promoting UEFI specifications, co-hosted the event with Byosoft Co., LTD, along with the sponsorship of American Megatrends Inc., ARM, Huawei, Insyde Software, Intel Corporation, Nanjing High-Tech Zone and Phoenix Technologies. The Spring 2017 UEFI Seminar and Plugfest occurred on March 27-31 at the Wanda Hilton Hotel in Nanjing, China and provided firmware thought leaders, developers and researchers an opportunity to learn about the latest firmware innovations and test UEFI platforms and devices. The keynote titled “UEFI Has Promoted the Development of China Computer Industry” was presented by Guangnan Ni from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a critical force in landing UEFI in China. In anticipation of the first China-based UEFI event in ten years, over 20 new members in China joined the UEFI Forum—indicating significant interest in UEFI technology in the greater China region. Additionally, in attendance from the region were prominent member companies including H3C and Inspur, Lenovo, Loongson Technology Corporation Limited, and Sugon. While the Chinese market has widely adopted UEFI technology in traditional devices like PCs and servers and used it for CPU and OS development, the Forum continues to witness UEFI adoption into IoT, virtual reality, storage, cloud-computing and datacenter platforms. “This event encouraged increased adoption of UEFI as an enabling technology that meets China’s interest in supporting indigenous technologies,” Mark Doran, UEFI Forum President, said. “UEFI is a common framework; it’s a bridge between different market segments and architectures. Ultimately, UEFI creates new opportunities for business and developers and encourages the continued international evolution of the open source community.” Through a collaborative approach with world-class companies, institutions and experts, the UEFI Forum advances innovation in firmware technology standards. These extensible, globally-adopted UEFI specifications bring new functionality and enhanced security to the evolution of devices, firmware and operating systems. The Forum also collaborates with other standards groups that are essential to computing. For more information about the UEFI Forum and current specifications go to www.uefi.org.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

On the opening ceremony, Mr. Zhou Guofu, president of China International Tea Culture Institute, pointed out that Guizhou is one of the birthplaces of tea and tea culture in China. In recent years, the tea industry and tea culture have developed rapidly. Chinese tea plantations should consciously practice the new development concepts. Guided by the market, we shall strengthen the tea industry, enrich the cultural chain. expand the technology chain, extend the chain of the industry and enhance the value chain to promote the cultural value, social value, ecological value and economic value of the tea industry. We shall make more contributions to the renaissance of China's tea culture, to bolster China's tea industry and make China a great power of tea once again by developing the industries, enriching the people, promoting the culture, keeping healthy and knowing each other through the tea. Mr. Chen Zongmao, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that Guizhou tea is fragrant, fresh and mellow, so he will spare no effort to introduce and promote the tea culture and the tea industry of Guizhou. Mr. Abdullah Maier Allawi, the Minister Plenipotentiary to the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs and the Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, said that he would like to introduce Guizhou to more people in Morocco, so that more people in Morocco can drink clean and mellow Guizhou tea. On the opening ceremony, Guizhou green tea was granted Agro-product Geographical Indications by China's Ministry of Agriculture. Chinese Calligraphers Association presented a calligraphy work of the character of TEA written in 100 different ways as a gift to Meitan County. And Mr. Wang Qing, the executive vice president of China Tea Marketing Association, awarded the prizes for the Outstanding winners of 2017 National Tea Processing Vocational Skills Competition.


On the opening ceremony, Mr. Zhou Guofu, president of China International Tea Culture Institute, pointed out that Guizhou is one of the birthplaces of tea and tea culture in China. In recent years, the tea industry and tea culture have developed rapidly. Chinese tea plantations should consciously practice the new development concepts. Guided by the market, we shall strengthen the tea industry, enrich the cultural chain. expand the technology chain, extend the chain of the industry and enhance the value chain to promote the cultural value, social value, ecological value and economic value of the tea industry. We shall make more contributions to the renaissance of China's tea culture, to bolster China's tea industry and make China a great power of tea once again by developing the industries, enriching the people, promoting the culture, keeping healthy and knowing each other through the tea. Mr. Chen Zongmao, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that Guizhou tea is fragrant, fresh and mellow, so he will spare no effort to introduce and promote the tea culture and the tea industry of Guizhou. Mr. Abdullah Maier Allawi, the Minister Plenipotentiary to the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs and the Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, said that he would like to introduce Guizhou to more people in Morocco, so that more people in Morocco can drink clean and mellow Guizhou tea. On the opening ceremony, Guizhou green tea was granted Agro-product Geographical Indications by China's Ministry of Agriculture. Chinese Calligraphers Association presented a calligraphy work of the character of TEA written in 100 different ways as a gift to Meitan County. And Mr. Wang Qing, the executive vice president of China Tea Marketing Association, awarded the prizes for the Outstanding winners of 2017 National Tea Processing Vocational Skills Competition. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2017-china-guizhou-global-tea-culture-festival-and-tea-expo-opened-in-meitan-zunyi-300451227.html


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

WUXI, China, May 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The final round of the 2017 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC17) ended in Wuxi. Tsinghua University stood out from 20 teams from around the world after a fierce one-week competition, becoming grand champion and winning the prize. As the world's largest supercomputing competition, ASC17 received applications from 230 universities around the world, 20 of which got through to the final round held this week at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi after the qualifying rounds. During the final round, the university student teams were required to independently design a supercomputing system under the precondition of a limited 3000W power consumption. They also had to operate and optimize standard international benchmark tests and a variety of cutting-edge scientific and engineering applications including AI-based transport prediction, genetic assembly, and material science. Moreover, they were required to complete high-resolution maritime simulation on the world's fastest supercomputer, "Sunway TaihuLight". The grand champion, team Tsinghua University, completed deep parallel optimization of the high-resolution maritime data simulation mode MASNUM on TaihuLight, expanding the original program up to 10,000 cores and speeding up the program by 392 times. This helped the Tsinghua University team win the e Prize award. MASNUM was nominated in 2016 for the Gordon Bell Prize, the top international prize in the supercomputing applications field. The runner-up, Beihang University, gave an outstanding performance in the popular AI field. After constructing a supercomputing system which received massive training based on past big data of transportation provided by Baidu, their self-developed excellent deep neural network model yielded the most accurate prediction of road conditions during the morning peak. The first-time finalist, Weifang University team, constructed a highly optimized advanced heterogeneous supercomputing system with Inspur's supercomputing server, and ran the international HPL benchmark test, setting a new world record of 31.7 TFLOPS for float-point computing speed. The team turned out to be the biggest surprise of the event and won the award for best computing performance. Moreover, Ural Federal University, National Tsing Hua University, Northwestern Polytechnical University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University won the application innovation award. The popular choice award was shared by Saint-Petersburg State University and Zhengzhou University. "It is great to see the presence of global teams in this event," Jack Dongarra, the Chairman of the ASC Expert Committee, founder of the TOP500 list that ranks the 500 most powerful supercomputer systems in the world, and professor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the United States and the University of Tennessee, said in an interview. "This event inspired students to gain advanced scientific knowledge. TaihuLight is an amazing platform for this event. Just imagine the interconnected computation of everyone's computer in a gymnasium housing 100,000 persons, and TaihuLight's capacity is 100 times of such a gym. This is something none of the teams will ever be able to experience again." According to Wang Endong, initiator of the ASC competition, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the chief scientist of Inspur Group, the rapid development of AI at the moment is significantly changing human society. At the core of such development are computing, data and algorithms. With this trend, supercomputers will become an important infrastructure for intelligent society in the future, and their speed of development and standards will be closely related to social development, improvement in livelihood, and progress of civilization. ASC competition is always committed to cultivating future-oriented, inter-disciplinary supercomputing talents to extend the benefits to the greater population. ASC17 is jointly organized by the Asian Supercomputing Community, Inspur Group, the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, and Zhengzhou University. Initiated by China, the ASC supercomputing challenge aims to be the platform to promote exchanges among young supercomputing talent from different countries and regions, as well as to groom young talent. It also aims to be the key driving force in promoting technological and industrial innovations by improving the standards in supercomputing applications and research. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tsinghua-university-won-asc17-championship-big-time-300452166.html


On the opening ceremony, Mr. Zhou Guofu, president of China International Tea Culture Institute, pointed out that Guizhou is one of the birthplaces of tea and tea culture in China. In recent years, the tea industry and tea culture have developed rapidly. Chinese tea plantations should consciously practice the new development concepts. Guided by the market, we shall strengthen the tea industry, enrich the cultural chain. expand the technology chain, extend the chain of the industry and enhance the value chain to promote the cultural value, social value, ecological value and economic value of the tea industry. We shall make more contributions to the renaissance of China's tea culture, to bolster China's tea industry and make China a great power of tea once again by developing the industries, enriching the people, promoting the culture, keeping healthy and knowing each other through the tea. Mr. Chen Zongmao, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that Guizhou tea is fragrant, fresh and mellow, so he will spare no effort to introduce and promote the tea culture and the tea industry of Guizhou. Mr. Abdullah Maier Allawi, the Minister Plenipotentiary to the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs and the Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, said that he would like to introduce Guizhou to more people in Morocco, so that more people in Morocco can drink clean and mellow Guizhou tea. On the opening ceremony, Guizhou green tea was granted Agro-product Geographical Indications by China's Ministry of Agriculture. Chinese Calligraphers Association presented a calligraphy work of the character of TEA written in 100 different ways as a gift to Meitan County. And Mr. Wang Qing, the executive vice president of China Tea Marketing Association, awarded the prizes for the Outstanding winners of 2017 National Tea Processing Vocational Skills Competition. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2017-china-guizhou-global-tea-culture-festival-and-tea-expo-opened-in-meitan-zunyi-300451227.html


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

The grand champion, team Tsinghua University, completed deep parallel optimization of the high-resolution maritime data simulation mode MASNUM on TaihuLight, expanding the original program up to 10,000 cores and speeding up the program by 392 times. This helped the Tsinghua University team win the e Prize award. MASNUM was nominated in 2016 for the Gordon Bell Prize, the top international prize in the supercomputing applications field. The runner-up, Beihang University, gave an outstanding performance in the popular AI field. After constructing a supercomputing system which received massive training based on past big data of transportation provided by Baidu, their self-developed excellent deep neural network model yielded the most accurate prediction of road conditions during the morning peak. The first-time finalist, Weifang University team, constructed a highly optimized advanced heterogeneous supercomputing system with Inspur's supercomputing server, and ran the international HPL benchmark test, setting a new world record of 31.7 TFLOPS for float-point computing speed. The team turned out to be the biggest surprise of the event and won the award for best computing performance. Moreover, Ural Federal University, National Tsing Hua University, Northwestern Polytechnical University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University won the application innovation award. The popular choice award was shared by Saint-Petersburg State University and Zhengzhou University. "It is great to see the presence of global teams in this event," Jack Dongarra, the Chairman of the ASC Expert Committee, founder of the TOP500 list that ranks the 500 most powerful supercomputer systems in the world, and professor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the United States and the University of Tennessee, said in an interview. "This event inspired students to gain advanced scientific knowledge. TaihuLight is an amazing platform for this event. Just imagine the interconnected computation of everyone's computer in a gymnasium housing 100,000 persons, and TaihuLight's capacity is 100 times of such a gym. This is something none of the teams will ever be able to experience again." According to Wang Endong, initiator of the ASC competition, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the chief scientist of Inspur Group, the rapid development of AI at the moment is significantly changing human society. At the core of such development are computing, data and algorithms. With this trend, supercomputers will become an important infrastructure for intelligent society in the future, and their speed of development and standards will be closely related to social development, improvement in livelihood, and progress of civilization. ASC competition is always committed to cultivating future-oriented, inter-disciplinary supercomputing talents to extend the benefits to the greater population. ASC17 is jointly organized by the Asian Supercomputing Community, Inspur Group, the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, and Zhengzhou University. Initiated by China, the ASC supercomputing challenge aims to be the platform to promote exchanges among young supercomputing talent from different countries and regions, as well as to groom young talent. It also aims to be the key driving force in promoting technological and industrial innovations by improving the standards in supercomputing applications and research. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tsinghua-university-won-asc17-championship-big-time-300452166.html


Leading Chinese Networking Equipment Manufacturers To Build Systems Using Barefoot's Tofino To Deliver New Features Enabling Revolutionary Visibility, Operational Efficiency And Scale To Meet Surging Customer Demands BEIJING, CHINA and PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2017) - Barefoot Networks today announced that three of the world's largest technology companies operating some of the most demanding networks -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holding Ltd. are partnering with Barefoot to take advantage of its ground-breaking programmable forwarding plane technology in their networks. Barefoot's 6.5Tb/s Tofino™ switch, the world's fastest and P4™ programmable switch chip, can be deployed in networks to enable unrivaled visibility, down to the packet level, without sacrificing performance. The demand for performance, scale and visibility in networks today is exceeding the capability of existing fixed-function switch chips used to build them. From mega-scale data centers delivering new applications to carriers rolling out next-generation data rates and services, networks are being subjected to requirements that cannot be fulfilled by traditional fixed-function switch-silicon based systems. Barefoot is enabling its customers to design, develop and deploy custom forwarding plane functionality addressing the unmet needs of customers, whether it be new network functions like load balancing and DDoS protection, or full visibility into the network using In-band Network Telemetry (INT). "Tencent's network needs to provide high-quality services to businesses and be programmable to accommodate the massive scale requirements and new applications," said Tom Bie, VP of Technology and Engineering Group at Tencent. "Barefoot Tofino and P4 technologies allow for rolling out required network features quickly and respond to network anomalies and failures with a global view and real-time deep insights." "At Baidu, we continuously deliver state-of-the-art services to our customers and this requires our network to be simple, fast and programmable," said Liu Chao, Senior Director, System Department at Baidu. "Barefoot Tofino and P4 have enabled us to deploy new network functions like layer 4 load balancing and network address translation right on the top-of-rack-switch." Delivering high-performance switch products that match different customers' requirements has been a challenge for networking equipment manufacturers due to their reliance on fixed-function silicon and the limitations associated with them. Barefoot Tofino is enabling network equipment manufacturers like H3C, Ruije and ZTE to build products that will uniquely meet the exacting requirements of their customers. "As a leading provider of new IT infrastructure and solutions, H3C welcomes innovation in Ethernet switching ASICs," said Shouwen Bi, Vice General Manager of Product Marketing Department, New H3C Group. "Barefoot Tofino brings significant value to all the stakeholders of the IT industry accelerating the industry into SDN 2.0 era." "ZTE looks to deliver ground-breaking innovation to its customers by partnering with Barefoot," said Zhu Yongxing, Vice President at ZTE. "We are excited to use Barefoot Tofino and P4 to create products that deliver scale, performance and customer-specific functionality for data center, 5G transport and NFV deployments." "Barefoot Tofino's programmability at the forwarding plane level is very attractive to Ruije," said Liu Zhongdong, President at Ruije. "It allows us to create innovative and differentiated products for our data center customers allowing them to build networks that are agile and efficient." "Barefoot has started a revolution in the tech industry with its programmable forwarding plane technology, including the P4-programmable 6.5Tb/s Tofino Ethernet switch ASIC along with the Capilano software development environment," said Craig Barratt, CEO of Barefoot Networks. "We are excited to see our customers embrace the simplicity and efficiency that our technology brings to networking and we look forward to seeing higher volume shipments and deployments later this year." Barefoot Networks is presenting at the P4 2017 China Summit in Beijing, China on May 8, 2017. The event is hosted at the Crowne Plaza Zhongguancun hotel. The event includes talks by luminaries from industry and academia talking about the future of networking. Speakers include Liu Yunjie, Professor at the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Yu Yingtao, CEO of H3C; Qiao Yan, Principal Architect at H3C; Yiqun Cai, Vice President at Alibaba Group; Dennis Cai, Chief Architect at Alibaba Group; Craig Barratt, CEO of Barefoot Networks; and Nick McKeown, Chief Scientist and Co-founder of Barefoot Networks. The event is organized by P4.org and SDNLab. For more details visit http://www.sdnlab.com/18989.html Sampling to customers since Q4 2016, Barefoot Networks' Tofino ethernet switch ASICs and Capilano SDE remove the last barrier to full network programmability by opening the forwarding plane, enabling full and granular control of the networking stack down to the packets flowing on the wire. About Baidu Baidu, Inc. is a Chinese language Internet search provider. The Company offers a Chinese language search platform on its Baidu.com Website that enables users to find information online, including Webpages, news, images, documents and multimedia files, through links provided on its Website. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, the Company provides a platform for businesses to reach customers. Its business consists of three segments: search services, transaction services and iQiyi. Search services are keyword-based marketing services targeted at and triggered by Internet users' search queries, which mainly include its pay-for-performance (P4P) services and other online marketing services. Its transaction services include Baidu Nuomi, Baidu Takeout Delivery, Baidu Maps, Baidu Connect, Baidu Wallet and others. iQiyi is an online video platform with a content library that includes licensed movies, television series, cartoons, variety shows and other programs. For more information, visit https://www.baidu.com/ About Tencent Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information and seek entertainment through our integrated platforms. Tencent's diversified services include QQ, Weixin/ WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com and Tencent News for information and Tencent Video for video content. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company is one of the constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index. Tencent seeks to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a mutually beneficial environment for partners, and staying close to users. For more information, visit http://www.tencent.com About Barefoot Networks Barefoot Networks launched in 2016 after two years of developing the most programmable and -- at 6.5Terabits/second -- the fastest switches ever built; twice as fast as the previous on record. By enabling organizations to define the network forwarding plane in software, Barefoot empowers network owners and their infrastructure partners to design, optimize, and innovate to meet their specific requirements and gain competitive advantage. In combining the P4 programming language with fast programmable switches, Barefoot has also created an ecosystem for compilers, tools, and P4 programs to make P4 accessible to anybody. Barefoot's founders -- Pat Bosshart, Martin Izzard, Dan Lenoski, Nick McKeown -- bring the company more than 100 years of experience in building the fastest and biggest networking systems in the world. Backed by Google Inc., Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, Alibaba, Tencent, and by premier venture capital firms Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Andreessen Horowitz, Barefoot Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit http://www.barefootnetworks.com. Follow us on Twitter: @barefootnetwork. Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/barefootnetworks Barefoot Networks, the Foot Logo and Tofino are trademarks of Barefoot Networks.


News Article | October 31, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

WUXI, China, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The World IoT Expo is held from October 30th to November 1st, 2016 in Wuxi. The expo is jointly hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. Jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Global Standard 1 (GS1) and Auto-ID Labs, it is the largest and highest scale national-level exposition of the Internet of Things sector in China. The China International IoT Expo has been held annually since 2010, and has become widely known over the past six years. This October, approved by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, it was renamed as the World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year's event will boast a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event fosters a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition. With the theme of "Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence", this expo consists of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit, the main exhibition of IoT applications and products, the China National College Innovation Competition of IoT Applications and the 4th Meeting of the Governing Group of Wuxi National Sensor Network Innovation Demonstration Zone. The IoT Wuxi Summit invited guests from home and abroad, such as the president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Zhang Xiaogang and deputy secretary-general of ITU Malcolm Johnson, to deliver keynote speeches. The speakers also includes Khalil Najafi, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan; Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, founder and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva; Alain Crozier, head and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China Region; Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Wang Jian, chief technology officer at Alibaba; Zhang Shunmao, the president of Huawei Marketing and Solutions and Liu Haitao, chairman of World Sensing Net Group (WSN Group). In addition to an IoT competition for college students and a job fair, the event also includes a press conference for releasing the construction plan for a world-class "Internet of Things town" to promote the development of Wuxi's IoT industry. The IoT Wuxi Summit has the following features: More than 3,000 guests from 23 countries and regions attended the exhibition, including 10 ministerial leaders, and 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, directors of international associations, the inventor of the COMS integrated circuit and the founder of MEMS Research Center in Singapore. Participants also include senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China. In addition, professors from MIT, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland, Tsinghua University are also in attendance. Managers in charge of technology at overseas companies including IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Bosch, GE, Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, ARM, Kaspersky, Honeywell and Tesla Motors, as well as domestic ones, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur, Haier, Midea, Foxconn, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Qihoo 360 and Neusoft will also take part in the event. With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 m2 from 32,000 m2, the expo accommodates 489 exhibitors who will demonstrate technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo include IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Infineon Technologies, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision and Lenovo.


News Article | October 31, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

WUXI, China, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The World IoT Expo is held from October 30th to November 1st, 2016 in Wuxi. The expo is jointly hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. Jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Global Standard 1 (GS1) and Auto-ID Labs, it is the largest and highest scale national-level exposition of the Internet of Things sector in China. The China International IoT Expo has been held annually since 2010, and has become widely known over the past six years. This October, approved by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, it was renamed as the World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year's event will boast a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event fosters a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition. With the theme of "Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence", this expo consists of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit, the main exhibition of IoT applications and products, the China National College Innovation Competition of IoT Applications and the 4th Meeting of the Governing Group of Wuxi National Sensor Network Innovation Demonstration Zone. The IoT Wuxi Summit invited guests from home and abroad, such as the president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Zhang Xiaogang and deputy secretary-general of ITU Malcolm Johnson, to deliver keynote speeches. The speakers also includes Khalil Najafi, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan; Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, founder and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva; Alain Crozier, head and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China Region; Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Wang Jian, chief technology officer at Alibaba; Zhang Shunmao, the president of Huawei Marketing and Solutions and Liu Haitao, chairman of World Sensing Net Group (WSN Group). In addition to an IoT competition for college students and a job fair, the event also includes a press conference for releasing the construction plan for a world-class "Internet of Things town" to promote the development of Wuxi's IoT industry. The IoT Wuxi Summit has the following features: More than 3,000 guests from 23 countries and regions attended the exhibition, including 10 ministerial leaders, and 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, directors of international associations, the inventor of the COMS integrated circuit and the founder of MEMS Research Center in Singapore. Participants also include senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China. In addition, professors from MIT, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland, Tsinghua University are also in attendance. Managers in charge of technology at overseas companies including IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Bosch, GE, Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, ARM, Kaspersky, Honeywell and Tesla Motors, as well as domestic ones, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur, Haier, Midea, Foxconn, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Qihoo 360 and Neusoft will also take part in the event. With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 m2 from 32,000 m2, the expo accommodates 489 exhibitors who will demonstrate technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo include IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Infineon Technologies, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision and Lenovo.

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