SEATTLE, WA, Sep 08, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that it has signed a multi-year, multi-phase contract to provide the
Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) with a next-generation
supercomputer. Valued at more than $40 million, the award is one of
the largest in the area of operational numerical weather prediction
in the world to-date, and will provide KMA with the necessary
supercomputing, storage and data management technologies to reinforce
its position as one of the world's premier weather forecasting and
Based in Seoul, South Korea, KMA's mission is operational weather
forecasting and climate research for the benefit and welfare of the
Korean public and industry. KMA will use Cray's scalable, massively
parallel processing (MPP) supercomputers to provide more accurate
regional and global numerical model forecasts through increased model
resolution, increased ensemble sizes and the implementation of
advanced data assimilation.
"We are quite proud that KMA has once again turned to Cray to provide
the necessary supercomputing capabilities to meet the demanding
requirements of weather forecasting and climate research, which are
important segments for our business," said Peter Ungaro, Cray
president and CEO. "Once completed, the Cray supercomputer at KMA
will be the largest integrated solution for operational numerical
weather prediction in the Asia Pacific region and one of the largest
in the world -- another strong proof point for not only our current
Cray XT5 supercomputer, but also future systems we are in the process
of developing and will be delivering as part of this contract. We are
honored to be able to help KMA scientists and researchers provide
more detailed and accurate numerical weather predictions in support of
their mission of identifying the potential of severe weather systems
in a more timely fashion."
Cray was awarded the multi-year contract based on the superior
delivered application performance and a robust total solution to KMA's
demanding operational requirement. Once completed, the Cray system
will feature a peak performance in excess of 600 teraflops (trillions
of calculations per second) and a multi-tiered, multi-petabyte
storage, archival and back-up system. The Cray system will be
delivered in two phases, with acceptance of both expected during the
second half of 2010.
Cray will also provide service and support, including applications
support for KMA's operational and research weather and climate models.
Additionally, Cray and KMA will continue to expand the successful
Earth System Research Center (ESRC), which is a cooperative venture
established in 2005 to advance the science of earth system modeling
over the East-Asia Pacific region and to leverage the collective
knowledge of academia, government and industry by promoting
collaboration across these communities.
About the Korea Meteorological Administration
Established in 1949 as the Central Meteorological Office, KMA is a
governmental organization dedicated to improving public welfare
through the prevention and mitigation of meteorological disasters, by
supporting government and business activities such as transportations
and water resource management that depend on accurate weather
forecasts, and by producing scientific information on climate change.
KMA comprises the Forecast, Observation, Climate and Industry and IT
bureaus; the NWP officer; NIMR; aviation weather stations; five
Regional Meteorological Offices with more than 1,200 employees; and
94 weather and observation stations. The organization collaborates
with other entities engaged in meteorological prediction and research
worldwide. Go to http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/index.jsp for more
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.
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risks, see "Risk Factors" in Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on
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