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Cray Inc. Receives $15 Million Order for Cray X1 Supercomputer Equipment for Army High Performance Computing Research Center

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2003--

                Center to be First to Receive New Fully
                  Populated Production Cray X1 System

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced a $15 million order for Cray X1(TM) supercomputer equipment and maintenance from Network Computing Services, Inc. (NCSI), systems integrator and computing facilities manager for the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC).

The order calls for the installation, in stages during 2003, of a new Cray X1 supercomputer system and upgrades to early-production Cray X1 equipment shipped last fall, along with a trade-in, maintenance and related services. Further contract details were not disclosed.

"Through our prior acquisition of early-production Cray X1 systems, the AHPCRC and NCSI were able to thoroughly evaluate the capabilities inherent in this new hierarchical parallel vector processor architecture. The AHPCRC is now uniquely positioned to apply the production Cray X1 to key applications in computational mechanics, battlefield weather forecasting, and biological process modeling that are of great importance to the defense of the United States," said Paul Muzio, NCSI VP-Government Programs and AHPCRC Support Infrastructure Director.

"This procurement provides the Department of Defense's High Performance Computing Modernization Program, the Army, and the Defense science and technology community at-large, access to a new and important advanced capability computing system." Muzio added, "Through this, the AHPCRC is also supporting the Defense Science Board's Task Force on Supercomputing recommendation related to the development and acquisition of high computing systems with improved processor to global memory latency and bandwidth for critical defense applications."

Dr. Vipin Kumar, AHPCRC Research Director and Professor of Computer Science, University of Minnesota, added, "The Cray X1 will allow the AHPCRC researchers to continue leading edge research in the areas of computational structural and fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetics, design of materials, and enabling technologies, as well as focus on new areas of great national importance such as modeling and simulation of chemical-biological effects and information assurance. In particular, the unique balanced architecture of Cray X1 and its follow-ons will allow the researchers to harness a much greater fraction of the peak performance than is possible with other contemporary parallel computers."

"The AHPCRC will be the first customer to receive a fully populated, production Cray X1 system," said Cray Chairman and CEO Jim Rottsolk. "This reflects the strong historical relationship between the AHPCRC and Cray, and their commitment to perform substantial applications development work on the early-production units. As a result, the AHPCRC will have a head start in introducing the Department of Defense research community to a whole new class of high-performance computing using its large, production-quality Cray X1 supercomputers," he said.

About the AHPCRC

The AHPCRC is a Government-University-Industry partnership committed to helping the U.S. Army and the nation maintain its defense technology lead and providing future generations of researchers with advanced training and research opportunities in science, engineering and the computational sciences. Funding for the AHPCRC is provided by the U.S. Army and the Army Research Laboratory (www.arl.army.mil) with funding for major equipment acquisition provided through the DoD HPCMP (www.hpcmo.hpc.mil). NCSI is the prime contractor for AHPCRC Support Infrastructure, Contract DAAD19-03-D-0001. The University of Minnesota is the prime contractor for the AHPCRC Collaborative Agreement for Research whose partners include Clark Atlanta, Florida A&M, Howard, and Jackson State Universities, the University of North Dakota, and NCSI, Contract DAAD19-01-2-0014 (www.ahpcrc.org).

About NCSI

NCSI, as systems integrator and computing facilities manager for the AHPCRC, will operate the AHPCRC's Cray X1 systems. NCSI has a 20-year history of providing commercial high performance computing services to Fortune 500 companies and the government. NCSI is a subsidiary of netASPx, Inc. (www.netaspx.com) netASPx provides a broad spectrum of information services, including integrated business to business E-commerce applications, systems integration, applications management, network computing, and shared-computing services on some of the world's most powerful high-performance computer systems. netASPx is a leading, facilities-based ASP headquartered in Herndon, Virginia with its Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Cray Inc.

Cray's mission is to be the premier provider of supercomputing solutions for customers' most challenging technical problems. Go to www.cray.com for more information about the company.

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 factors are the technical challenges of developing new high performance computer systems, the ability of Cray supercomputer systems to pass individual customer acceptance tests, timely availability of commercially acceptable components from third party suppliers and general economic and market conditions. A discussion of these and other risk factors is available in Cray's Rule 424(a) preliminary prospectus filed with the SEC on January 16, 2003.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray X1 is a trademark, of Cray Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Cray Inc.
Ken Johnson, 206/701-2091
ken@cray.com
or
Snyder Investor Relations
John Snyder, 206/262-0291
john@snyderir.com
or
Network Computing Services, Inc.
Paul Muzio, 612/337-3420
pmuzio@networkcs.com




 

   

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