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UK National HPC Service Based on Cray Supercomputing Technology

Cray, University of Edinburgh Unveil Cray Supercomputer to Aid Nation's Researchers

SEATTLE, WA and EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM, Jan 14, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Scotland's University of Edinburgh today unveiled the new Cray XT4(TM) supercomputer that will greatly assist the UK's researchers and enable scientific advancements and breakthroughs in a range of fields and disciplines. Established to provide next-generation high performance computing (HPC) service for the United Kingdom's academic community, today's unveiling of the Cray supercomputer officially launches the first phase of the UK's High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project.

HECToR was initiated and funded by the UK's Research Councils led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Cray was selected for the multi-stage project that will provide researchers at universities across the UK access to industry-leading HPC resources. The latter phases will include the integration of new innovative Cray technologies such as the new Cray X2(TM) system in 2008 and a very powerful next-generation Cray massively parallel processor (MPP) supercomputer in 2009. The delivery of the Cray X2 system in 2008 will make HECToR the first recipient of a Cray XT5h(TM) system -- the industry's first integrated hybrid supercomputer.

"The Research Councils' commitment to providing researchers with industry leading computing resources will enable scientific and engineering breakthroughs across many key disciplines among the UK's research community," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "We are pleased to play a key role in this important effort and are working closely to help the HECToR team leverage our advanced technologies to achieve their goals. It's a very exciting time."

The Cray XT4 system is an MPP system that provides unrivaled sustained performance by balancing performance between powerful processors, memory, interconnect, and I/O. Both hardware and software are designed to scale to more than 120,000 processor cores and over one petaflops of peak performance.

"The University of Edinburgh is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence and the site of many world-class research achievements," said Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. "HPC is increasingly indispensable to any competitive research program and will allow researchers across the United Kingdom to satisfy the most demanding scientific goals and push the boundaries of their ambitions. The strong partnership and efforts of Cray and the University of Edinburgh, coupled with the vision of EPSRC, will ensure the success of HECToR."

Housed in the University's Advanced Computing Facility, the system will support researchers in a wide range of fields including materials simulation, computational chemistry, disaster simulation and emergency response, biomolecular science and engineering modeling.

As part of HECToR, Cray has established a Cray Center of Excellence. This Center of Excellence will provide in-depth support and direction for both current and future Cray HPC platforms in the HECToR service through advanced research in porting codes, improving scalability of applications, developing algorithms and system software tools and optimizing workload and I/O.

"This is the first Cray Center of Excellence in Europe and it is another significant step forward in growing Cray's presence and building an R&D base for Cray in Europe," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, vice president of Cray Europe. "The Cray Center of Excellence in Edinburgh will provide a unique infrastructure to foster a climate of information exchange and collaboration within the HECToR community and amongst the other Cray Centers of Excellence around the world. We anticipate huge benefits to the nation's researchers and HPC users everywhere from this collaboration."

About the University of Edinburgh

Established in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's most important and historic Higher Education institutions. World renowned for its research and teaching, it is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, an association of the UK's 20 major research intensive universities. Student numbers currently stand at over 23,000 and the University employs more than 7,000 staff. For further information, visit:


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. The EPSRC invests more than GBP 500 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public awareness of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK. For more information about the HECToR project at EPSRC, go to

About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer

Building on the success of the Cray XT3(TM) system, the Cray XT4 is an 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 to more than 120,000 processor cores with exceptional sustained performance. 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 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 for more information.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above. Among these are the technical challenges of developing high-performance computing systems, including potential delays in hardware and software development projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to the targeted level of performance; reliance on third-party suppliers, including delays in availability of qualified parts from suppliers; timing of and successful porting of application programs to new computing systems; and successful passing of acceptance tests. 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, Cray XT5h, Cray X2 and Cray XT3 are trademarks of Cray Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.

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