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Cray Extends Ease-of-Use-Computing Into the Data Center With the Launch of the Cray CX1000 Supercomputer
New Addition to Cray's CX Line of Supercomputers Expands Cray's Total Addressable Market and Fills Out Product Lineup From Top to Bottom

SEATTLE, WA, Mar 23, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the launch of the Cray CX1000 system, giving the company the ability to now offer its customers a supercomputing solution at every level of the high performance computing (HPC) server market. The dense, efficient and powerful rack-mounted Cray CX1000 supercomputer is priced starting at under $100,000, and gives HPC users an easy-to-use supercomputing system featuring a hybrid supercomputing architecture built on the next generation Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors.

Configurable with Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 and Linux(R), the Cray CX1000 supports three different compute architectures within one product family. Each configuration allows Cray CX1000 customers to architect a hybrid supercomputing system designed to solve computationally intensive problems with scale-out, scale-up or accelerated computing solutions.

"The Cray CX1000 system is uniquely designed so that HPC users intent on solving scientific and engineering challenges can now apply the latest, most cutting-edge supercomputing technology -- technology that includes some of the most important HPC architectures of the next decade," said Ian Miller, senior vice president of the productivity solutions group and marketing at Cray. "Expanding our total addressable market is an important strategic goal for the company. From petascale technologies to deskside supercomputing systems using either CPUs or GPUs, we now provide a supercomputing solution for virtually any supercomputing need."

Available in one to four chassis in a single, standalone cabinet, the three compute configurations for the Cray CX1000 system include the Cray CX1000-C, Cray CX1000-G and the Cray CX1000-S. The compute-based Cray CX1000-C features the dual-socket Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5600 series for scale-out cluster computing; the Cray CX1000-G utilizes the NVIDIA(R) Tesla(TM) GPUs for accelerator-based HPC; and the Cray CX1000-S offers users symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) nodes for up to 128 cores of "big memory" computing built on Intel's QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology.

Swift Engineering, Inc., a California-based designer and manufacturer of open-wheel race cars, is the first Cray CX1000 customer. In addition to the Cray CX1000, Swift will also use a Cray CX1system to further enhance its capabilities in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), an important tool in the design and development of aerodynamic concepts. Swift is aligning with companies such as Cray to further its bid to design and build the next generation race car chassis for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series(R).

"Cray's CX1000 and CX1 systems will play a pivotal role in Swift's continuing commitment to motorsport and will help Swift again re-set new industry standards in innovative design and manufacturing," said Jan Wesley Refsdal, Swift's president. "The decision to use Cray supercomputers was the result of a focused effort to find the right resources to meet our significant and demanding design challenges. In the competitive world of motorsports, second place is the first loser and Cray's system solutions give Swift an unfair advantage. Cray is synonymous with supercomputing and we are thrilled to be owners of Cray supercomputers."

"Addressing today's scientific and engineering challenges requires a broad range of HPC solutions. By building on the latest Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors, the expansion of the Cray CX line of supercomputing systems helps ensure Cray's customers have the HPC capability they need to create breakthroughs," said Richard Dracott, Intel Corporation's General Manager of High Performance Computing. "The latest innovations in Cray supercomputers paired with the latest innovations in Intel processors are creating powerful resources for the HPC user community."

The Cray CX1000 system is the latest addition to Cray's CX line of supercomputing systems. First introduced in September 2008, the Cray CX1 line of deskside supercomputers are designed from the ground up to provide superior performance, ease-of-use and cost for individuals and departments who want to harness the compute power of an integrated HPC cluster. Equipped with state-of-the-art visualization and storage capabilities, the Cray CX1 and the Cray CX1-iWS systems deliver performance leadership across a broad range of applications -- all in a compact, deskside system.

About Swift Engineering, Inc.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in San Clemente, CA, Swift Engineering is a leading provider of light weight aerodynamic structures and high performance vehicles. Swift Engineering has diverse experience as a designer, developer, and manufacturer of lightweight advanced composite products and concept vehicles. Recent achievements include the Eclipse Concept Jet and an all new one-make chassis for Formula Nippon, the premier Formula racing series in Japan. The company's products support commercial and U.S. national security initiatives in highly complex environments requiring world-class engineering reliability, scalability, flexibility, and rapid manufacturing. For more information on Swift Engineering, please visit

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 is designed to enable 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 is focused on delivering 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.

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