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Cray Wins University of Bergen Procurement With 50-Teraflop Cray XT4 Supercomputer System
SEATTLE, WA and BERGEN, NORWAY, Jun 18, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and the University of Bergen today announced that the university will acquire one of Europe's most powerful supercomputers.

The contract calls for a Cray XT4(TM) supercomputer system with peak performance of 50 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second) to be installed later this year at the Bergen Center for Computational Science (BCCS). The supercomputer will be used for advanced research in fields including marine molecular biology, large scale simulation of ocean processes, climate research, computational chemistry, computational physics, computational biology, the geosciences, and applied mathematics.

"The new Cray supercomputer will increase the computational power available to our broad community of Norwegian and international users by a factor of 100 and will enable them to run much larger and more complex problems," said Professor Petter E. Bjorstad, director of the Bergen Center for Computational Science. "The University of Bergen has strategic research initiatives within marine sciences, climate and life sciences that will benefit enormously from this decision."

Through the BCCS, the Cray XT4 supercomputer will serve the high-end computational needs of scientists at the University of Bergen, other Norwegian universities as well as national research and industrial organizations. The new supercomputer will also be used for research and development by international organizations, European research groups and research projects, and cooperating scientists from international institutions.

"We are honored that the University of Bergen chose Cray as their partner to provide very high-end computing capability to support the university's extended research community," said Peter Ungaro, Cray's president and CEO. "This decision strengthens our international presence and fortifies the Cray XT4 supercomputer's leadership in meeting the demanding needs of leading-edge scientific researchers for unrivaled performance and scalability."

"The University of Bergen award is another major victory that increases Cray's presence in Europe," said Ulla Thiel, Cray Vice President Europe. "We are very excited about this win and look forward to a close collaboration with the University of Bergen to make this supercomputer installation a joint success of BCCS and Cray."

The project is funded by the University of Bergen in partnership with the Norwegian Research Council through the NOTUR project, the Institute for Marine Research, and UNIFOB AS.

About BCCS

The Bergen Center for Computational Science (BCCS) is a department of UNIFOB AS, affiliated with the University of Bergen. BCCS initiates and administrates externally financed research projects with special emphasis on Computational Science. BCCS conducts research in computational biology, computational mathematics and scientific computing. A main objective of BCCS is to exploit the synergies between its groups and boost cross-disciplinary activity. For more information, go to http://www.bccs.uib.no/

About the University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is Norway's urban university who is intricately woven into the geographical, historical and cultural framework of the city, with 16,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. UiB has most of its premises concentrated in two areas. Arstadvollen is the University's "health campus", where dentistry, medicine and health-care lie close to the Haukeland and Haraldsplass university clinics. Natural and social sciences, psychology, the arts and law are taught at Nygardshoyden, a mixture of houses, shops and seats of learning. For more information, go to http://www.uib.no/info/english/

About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer

Building on the success of the Cray XT3(TM) system, the Cray XT4 is a massively parallel processor (MPP) supercomputer purpose-built to deliver exceptional sustained application performance for challenging scientific and engineering problems. The supercomputer's high-speed 3D torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and high-speed global input/output make it possible for users to scale applications from 200 to more than 30,000 processors without performance loss. The system's scalable processing element uses x86 64-bit AMD Opteron(TM) processors that employ HyperTransport(TM) technology to increase bandwidth and reduce latency. Go to www.cray.com/products/xt4/index.html for more information.

About Cray Inc.

As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced supercomputers and world-class services and support to government, industry and academia. Cray technology enables scientists and engineers to achieve remarkable breakthroughs by accelerating performance, improving efficiency and extending the capabilities of their most demanding applications. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision will result in innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to surpass today's limitations and meeting the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.

Safe Harbor Statement

There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above. Among these are reliance on third-party suppliers, including delays in availability of qualified parts from suppliers; successful passing of acceptance tests; the technical challenges and risks inherent in developing high-performance computing systems, including potential delays in development projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to the targeted level of performance; timing of and successful porting of application programs to new computing systems; and timing and level of government support for supercomputer purchases and research and development activities. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" in Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XT4 and Cray XT3 are trademarks, of Cray Inc. AMD, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Cray Media:
Melissa Power
+1 401/454-1314
melissa_power@interprosepr.com

Cray Investors:
Vic Chynoweth
+1 206/701-2094
vic@cray.com

University of Bergen:
Petter E. Bjørstad
+47 55 58 4171
petter@ii.uib.no

SOURCE: Cray Inc.

 

   

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