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NASA Selects Supermicro to Expand Advanced Computing and Data Analytics Used to Study the Earth, Solar System and Universe

Expanding the compute infrastructure at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Supermicro partners with CSRA and Edge Solutions to provide a complete turn-key Rack Scale Solution with 216% more performance compared to the previous deployment

SAN JOSE, California, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, and networking solutions and green computing technology, today announced that the company has partnered with the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) to expand advanced computing and data analytics used to study the Earth, solar system and universe. Based on the combination of density, system performance and optimized cost, the Supermicro FatTwin-based solution brings an additional 1.56 PetaFlops to NASA researchers. The Rack Scale solution is factory integrated at Supermicro's Silicon Valley headquarters to deliver optimal reliability and efficiency.

NASA selects Supermicro complete Rack Scale Solution to boost Compute Performance

The NCCS is part of the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) of Goddard Space Flight Center's (GSFC) Sciences and Exploration Directorate. Its mission is to enable scientists to increase their understanding of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe by supplying a range of advanced computing and data analytics solutions. As a significant part of accomplishing this mission, the NCCS provides high-performance computing (HPC) engines, mass storage, and network solutions to meet the specialized needs of NASA's Earth and space science user communities.

"Empowering scientists, like those at NASA, with the latest in advanced computing and data analytics solutions is a key component of Supermicro's mission to make the world a better place not only for us but also for future generations," said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. "With Supermicro 3.0 we are very excited to see our investments in innovative technology advancement, expanded infrastructure and global delivery being leveraged by NASA, and we will continue to work closely with NASA, Intel and other partners like CSRA and Motivair to provide complete turn-key Rack Scale Solutions to one of the world's most respected research agencies."

"This is the next step in evolving NCCS supercomputing systems for hosting ultra-high-resolution weather and climate simulations in support of NASA's mission," said Daniel Duffy, NCCS High-Performance Computing Lead. "Such simulations work in concert with NASA satellite, airborne, and surface observations to help scientists and policymakers better understand extreme weather events, seasonal climate impacts, and long-term change."

Within the NCCS, the Discover system is the primary HPC cluster and is comprised of individual compute units, referred to as Scalable Compute Units (SCUs). The most recent augmentation to the Discover cluster is SCU14 provided by Supermicro. The procurement for this system expansion was awarded to Edge Solutions & Consulting, Inc., headquartered in Westlake Village, California. Edge is a certified, woman-owned small business systems integrator that provides enterprise-class solutions for complex enterprise-class customers.

From a performance standpoint, this deployment brings an additional 1.56 PetaFlops to NASA on top of the existing 3.5 PetaFlops for nearly 45% improvement. Compared to the previous SCU13 augmentation, SCU14 more than doubles the performance (216%) with a smaller footprint and lower TCO.

The SCU14 solution provided by Supermicro and CSRA consists of three types of nodes: compute nodes, service nodes, and I/O nodes. The compute nodes will be used to run large parallel jobs that will communicate between all compute nodes in a given phase involving several SCUs. The service nodes will be used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to: user logins, editing, compiling, batch submission, cron jobs, subnet managers, management nodes, etc. I/O nodes provide the conduit for moving data between a Fibre Channel SAN and the compute nodes through the high-speed interconnect fabric. Compute nodes are stateful nodes with SSDs as persistent storage. 

The Supermicro turn-key Rack Scale Solution for SCU14 is based on Supermicro FatTwin? server nodes each equipped with dual 20-core Intel® Xeon® Gold processors and Intel® SSDs for persistent storage. The FatTwin? SuperServer® is an 8-node 4U system with each node supporting 12 DIMM slots and six front hot-swap SSDs. To provide high-speed interconnect, the cluster employs Intel® Omni-Path (OPA) 100G 48-port top-of-rack managed network switches. The Supermicro 42U racks for this fully integrated HPC cluster solution are equipped with Motivair's ChilledDoor® Rack Cooling System to maximize the cooling efficiency for improved PUE.

"CSRA is excited to enter this new phase of supercomputing and help NASA engineer the technologies of tomorrow," said Executive Vice President Paul Nedzbala, head of CSRA's Health and Civil Group. "Through this procurement, NASA will have enhanced capabilities for expanding its HPC capabilities and we look forward to working with them to excel in this effort."

"Global research leaders, like those at NASA, drive new discoveries that enrich our understanding of the universe and improve the lives of everyone," said Trish Damkroger, Vice President of Technical Computing at Intel. "Intel's balanced technology portfolio and close collaboration with leading system vendors like Supermicro helps put the most powerful computational tools in the hands of scientists to tackle the most difficult challenges facing society."

"As a true pioneer of exploration and new technology, NASA continues to lead the way with the recent addition of its Discover system. Utilizing the latest technology, NASA recognized the need for a computer cooling system that would allow Discover to reach its full potential," states Rich Whitmore, President & CEO, Motivair Corporation. "We are honored that NASA has selected Motivair's ChilledDoor® Rack Cooling System to play such a significant role in its pursuit of technological advancements and proud to be partnered with one of our nations most revered agencies."

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its "We Keep IT Green®" initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, SuperServer, Server Building Block Solutions, FatTwin and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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Ericsson and Swisscom Offers Gigabit LTE With Radio Dot System

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Customers can experience indoor Gigabit LTE in Swisscom retail shops across Switzerland
  • Gigabit speeds reached by combining LTE frequencies, adding MIMO streams and enabling higher-order modulation in the Ericsson Radio Dot System
  • Full capabilities of new devices and SIM technology can be tested by accessing gigabit speeds inside Swisscom shops

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Swisscom are bringing gigabit connectivity to Swiss consumers, starting with the deployment of the Ericsson Radio Dot System in the operator's retail stores. This is a big leap toward supplying greater quality coverage and capacity in hard-to-reach places such as garages, elevators and commercial buildings, and delivering a true gigabit experience to all Swisscom subscribers across the entire network.

In Swisscom shops across Switzerland, gigabit speeds were achieved by the Ericsson Radio Dot System, with carrier aggregation over 3 LTE frequency bands, 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM, delivering up to 1.2Gbps in downlink capacity.

The performance delivered in the stores enables Swisscom customers to experience the full capabilities of the latest cellular technology on the market, including smartphones, tablets and SIM cards. By end of 2017, Gigabit LTE will be introduced in 15 Swisscom Shops, with the Bern, Freiburg and Zurich locations already equipped with this speed.

Dirk Wierzbitzki, Head of Products and Marketing, Swisscom, says: "Delivering Gigabit LTE in our retail stores allows us to showcase the incredible performance of the overall Swisscom network at our key customer touchpoint. Subscribers and potential subscribers can experience first-hand our products on our Gigabit network. We are the first Swiss provider to present 5G-ready applications with our partner Ericsson, establishing the foundation for the further digitization of Switzerland."

Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Network Infrastructure, Ericsson, says: "The Radio Dot System is a key building block in our Gigabit LTE offering on the road to 5G, and we are demonstrating the capabilities of the offering on the Swisscom network in retail outlets to showcase what subscribers can expect today and in the future."

With its Radio Dot System, Ericsson is redefining the concept of indoor small cells with the industry's most cost-effective and modular high-performance indoor radio system, addressing a wider range of indoor environments with a common solution.

Ericsson Radio Dot System has been deployed by more than 120 operators in over 70 countries around the world, in venues including airports, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls and office buildings.


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Entertainment One's Daddy Pig Joins Movember Fundraising Campaign

LONDON, November 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Entertainment One (eOne) unveils images of Daddy Pig, the much loved character from preschool TV series Peppa Pig, who is supporting this year's Movember campaign for the first time to raise funds for the global men's health charity throughout November 2017.

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Daddy Pig and friends will be growing their moustaches and encouraging dads across the UK to get active and stay healthy. To donate and keep up to date with Daddy Pig's progress, visit: Fundraisers are also being encouraged to join Daddy Pig's team to grow moustaches, get active and raise funds together as a team of 'expert' daddies. Sign up at: .

The Movember Foundation's annual Movember campaign is globally recognised for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health. This year, the charity celebrates its 10 year fundraising anniversary in the UK.

About Entertainment One 
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company's diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One's robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company's rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.

About the Movember Foundation  
The Movember Foundation is a global men's health charity.

The Foundation raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.

In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, the Foundation is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.

The Foundation's vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health.

Join the movement at

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Wirecard Enables Fully Digital Mobile Banking Solution for Orange Bank

MUNICH, November 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Orange Bank launches first all-in-one mobile payment and banking app in France  
  • Wirecard provides Orange Bank with contactless payment technology 

Wirecard, the leading specialist for financial technology, is the official partner of Orange Bank to provide mobile payment and banking services in France. Orange Bank has created a new all-in-one mobile banking and payment solution. It will provide customers with a bank account, a debit card, overdraft protection and an interest-bearing savings account. Furthermore, it will integrate contactless mobile payments and real-time bank balances. Wirecard is providing all the technical components integrated into the Orange Bank platform to manage their mobile payments.

André Coisne, CEO of Orange Bank, says: "Orange already found in Wirecard a strong partner for mobile payments with the success of Orange Cash. It was natural to renew this trusted relationship for the launch of Orange Bank. Wirecard not only guarantees the reliability and the scalability of our Mobile Payment Services, but also allows the support of the widest range of smartphones, which brings to Orange Bank the capability to deliver its services to all users equipped with an NFC compatible smartphone."

Jan Marsalek, COO of Wirecard, says: "Wirecard supports mobile network operators in offering mobile payment solutions since the very beginning of the deployment of these services. The launch of Orange Bank is currently one of the most innovative projects in Europe in this field. We are delighted to be involved in this project and to support Orange Bank with our flexible and secure platform."

The number of mobile payment users in France is expected to grow from roughly 3 million in 2016 to roughly 10 million in 2021. At the same time, France has been quick to adopt digital banking and has taken the lead over some other developed markets, including the US. When it comes to accessing accounts on mobile devices, nearly 64.9% go via apps. Recognizing this trend, Orange Bank has invented an innovative mobile banking solution focused on avant-garde customer use cases such as contactless mobile payments, sending money by SMS, instant bank balances, real time freezing/unfreezing of the debit card and 24/7 access to a bank advisory service.

Wirecard is responsible for all the technical and financial processes related to payments using NFC compatibles mobile phones. This includes among others the issuing and payment processing of virtual Visa cards. On the smartphone, all the features requested to support mobile payments are provided by Wirecard in a Software Development Kit which is integrated into an application developed by Orange Bank.

About Wirecard:  

Wirecard AG is a global technology group that supports companies in accepting electronic payments from all sales channels. As a leading independent supplier, the Wirecard Group offers outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payments. A global platform bundles international payment acceptances and methods with supplementary fraud prevention solutions. With regard to issuing own payment instruments in the form of cards or mobile payment solutions, the Wirecard Group provides companies with an end-to-end infrastructure, including the requisite licences for card and account products. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI). For further information about Wirecard, please visit or follow us on twitter @wirecard.

About Orange Bank:  

Orange Bank was born of the partnership between two players with complementary expertise, Orange and Groupama. Orange owns 65% of the capital of Orange Bank and Groupama 35%. Groupama's contribution of an existing banking unit and experience in the remote banking relationship, with Groupama Bank, made it possible to launch an innovative, 100% mobile banking offer. Find all the Orange Bank news on Twitter @OrangeBankFR.

Wirecard media contact:

Wirecard AG
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NIIT Technologies Announced as Winner for the 2017 ITSMA Marketing Excellence Awards

NOIDA, India, November 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

NIIT Technologies, a global IT solutions organization announced that it has won the Marketing Excellence 'Gold Award' for its submission 'Institutionalizing VoC with a Compelling Service Vision for Exceptional Customer Value' in the Small or Medium Business category, by IT Services Marketing Association (ITSMA), the leading source for B2B marketers in the connected economy.

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ITSMA honored 18 winners of its 2017 Marketing Excellence Awards during its 24th Annual Conference which recognizes marketing innovation and impact with B2B services and solutions: Marketing Vision 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"As the pace of marketing transformation continues to accelerate, this year's award winners stood apart from their peers with innovative and inspiring programs that drove substantial impact on the business," said Dave Munn, President and CEO of ITSMA. "NIIT Technologies has institutionalized a customized VoC program which is transforming the organization's culture to deliver superior service to its customers."

Jyoti Singh, Global Head of Marketing, NIIT Technologies stated, "We are delighted to receive this award which is a testimony to our focus on customer centricity as a key organizational priority. Aligned with our service vision, our VoC program enables us to listen and respond to changing customer expectations and collaborate with them to ensure their success."

2017 Marketing Excellence Award Winners

The 2017 Marketing Excellence Awards focused on seven critical aspects of marketing for B2B services and solutions: Account-Based Marketing, Closing the Insight-to-Action Gap, Thought Leadership, Enabling Sales for New Growth Opportunities, Customer Success, Brand Differentiation and Transforming Marketing for Digital Leadership.

The jury, an international group of marketing executives and experts, selected the winners based on excellence in innovation, program execution, and business results. The awards honor outstanding marketing performance at two levels: diamond and gold.

For more information about the award winners, visit

About NIIT Technologies  

NIIT Technologies is a leading global IT solutions organization servicing customers across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Differentiated on the strength of its industry expertise, it offers a range of services including Application Development and Maintenance, Infrastructure Management, and Business Process Management. In the UK, the company engages with the Lloyds and London Market through its highly specialised subsidiary NIIT Insurance Technologies Ltd., offering solutions around its industry leading platforms. Focused on Digital Services, the Company is helping businesses design agile, scalable and digital operating models. NIIT Technologies adheres to major global benchmarks and standards of quality and Information Security. For further information, please visit

About ITSMA 

For more than 20 years, ITSMA has led the way in defining, building, and inspiring B2B marketing excellence. With a dedicated focus on services and solutions for the connected economy, we provide our member community with insight, advice, and hands-on help to strengthen reputation, increase revenue, and deepen customer relationships. Learn more at

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Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements. The business involves various risks, and uncertainties that could result in the actual results to differ materially from those indicated here. All forward looking statements made herein are based on information presently available to the management of the Company and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

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European Space Agency, ViaSat Partner on ViaSat-3 Satellite Communications System Development

Development Will Focus on ViaSat-3 User Terminals, Including a Fully-Electronic Phased Array Antenna, Ground Equipment and Gateways

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) a global broadband services and technology company,  today announced a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between its wholly owned subsidiary ViaSat Antenna Systems S.A. and the European Space Agency (ESA), to develop key components of the ViaSat-3 satellite communications system with European industry.

ViaSat-3 is an ultra-high capacity satellite platform, comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites with state-of-the-art ground network infrastructure. Each ViaSat-3 satellite will offer over 1-Terabit per second (Tbps) of network capacity, which is comparable to the total capacity of all commercial satellites in space today. The platform is expected to give consumers greater choice in their Internet Service Provider (ISP) by enabling 100+ Megabits per second (Mbps) broadband speeds to the home.

The ?68M PPP, known as Project AIDAN, has been kicked off with an initial ?31.2M and is co-funded by ESA with the support of three of its Member States (Switzerland, the Netherlands and Romania), ViaSat and others within the European industry. This program will focus on developing and productizing two key innovative components of the ViaSat-3 satellite ground segment, which include:

  • Fixed and mobile user terminals, including the development of a fully-electronic phased array for residential broadband, in-flight Wi-Fi and connected car applications; and
  • Ground segment equipment and gateways for the ViaSat-3 network, which include the Satellite Access Node (SAN) subsystems for a cloud-based ground network infrastructure.

Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications commented, "The PPP with ViaSat will bring ESA and industry together to quickly develop broadband products that will serve the needs of millions of consumers across Europe who are currently without adequate internet service. We believe this is a significant industrial opportunity that will keep Europe at the forefront of satellite and broadband technology development, giving Europe a leading position on the deployment of a next-generation broadband system with advanced ground networks and consumer equipment."

ViaSat Chairman and CEO, Mark Dankberg continued, "ESA aims to foster space innovation and promote a strong space economy. As a global company with a growing presence in Europe, we are proud to partner and tap into the space interests of ESA, the Member States and European industry. Our new Public Private Partnership with ESA will develop and bring-to-market new satellite-based broadband technologies to ensure European citizens have access to affordable, high-quality internet services."

Product Innovation Availability
Products under the PPP are expected to be available in 2019. This timing will enable adequate testing of all equipment with the ViaSat-3 constellation. As publicly announced, the first two ViaSat-3 class satellites will focus on the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), respectively, with a third satellite system planned for the Asia Pacific region.

About ViaSat
ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access - anywhere - whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company's innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at:, or follow the Company on social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements that refer to the PPP program, the reduced time-to-market for new ViaSat-3 fixed and mobile user terminals, ground segment equipment and gateways, expected broadband speeds and the overall timing on ViaSat-3 broadband services in Europe. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-3 satellite platform; unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite system; the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-3 satellite platform; and risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat-3 and ViaSat's other satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; the impact of competition; the ability to develop products and technologies; the impact of changes in the financial markets and global economic conditions; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of satellites used to supply these new services, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; reduced demand for products as a result of continued constraints on capital spending by customers; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply products; ViaSat's level of indebtedness and ability to comply with applicable debt covenants; and other factors as may be detailed from time to time in ViaSat's public announcements and SEC filings. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Copyright © 2017 ViaSat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. ViaSat is a registered trademark of ViaSat, Inc.


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