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Cray CX1000 Supercomputer to Feature the New Intel Xeon Processor E7 Family

SEATTLE, WA, Apr 05, 2011 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that the Cray CX1000 supercomputer is now available with the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family-based platform. Designed for data-demanding workloads and featuring advanced reliability and new levels of scalability, the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family will be featured in the Cray CX1000-S compute configuration of the Cray CX1000 system.

The symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)-based Cray CX1000-S configuration provides users with up to 128 cores of "big memory" computing built on Intel's QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology. The Cray CX1000-S system, which is one of the most dense large SMP solutions in the market, delivers maximum performance on scale-up jobs.

"Engineers, researchers and scientists want an affordable, mid-range high performance computing system that is architected with the latest technology, and the Cray CX1000-S system is designed to meet these evolving needs," said Barry Bolding, vice president of Cray's products division. "With advanced CPU, GPU and now symmetric multiprocessing solutions based on today's launch of the latest Intel Xeon processors, Cray CX1000 customers can apply a customized supercomputing resource built with cutting-edge processing technology to their unique set of scientific challenges."

The Cray CX1000 supercomputer is priced starting at under $100,000, and provides high performance computing (HPC) users with a hybrid supercomputing architecture. Each configuration allows Cray CX1000 customers to architect a supercomputing system designed to solve computationally intensive problems with scale-out, scale-up or accelerated computing solutions.

"There is growing user demand for more affordable high performance computing," said Raj Hazra, general manager of High Performance Computing at Intel. "Cray and Intel are providing opportunities for a whole new segment of the market to address complex problems with the Cray CX1000 based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family."

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 Xeon Processor 5600 series for scale-out cluster computing; the Cray CX1000-G utilizes the NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPUs for accelerator-based HPC; and the Cray CX1000-S features the Intel Xeon Processor E7 family. These complimentary technologies can be configured together to provide one system to meet a broad range of HPC application workloads.

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 www.cray.com for more information.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray CX1000, Cray CX1000-S, Cray CX1000-C and Cray CX1000-G are trademarks of Cray Inc. Other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Intel, Intel Xeon, the Intel Xeon logo and the Intel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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