SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2005--AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Cray
Inc., (Nasdaq NM:CRAY) today announced that they have signed an
agreement that extends their successful relationship through the end
of the decade. Cray will continue to use AMD Opteron(TM) processors
for the microprocessor-based supercomputer products Cray develops
during this period. In addition, the two firms will actively
collaborate on Cray's mid-2006 proposal for Phase 3 of the federal
government's DARPA HPCS (High Productivity Computing Systems) program.
"After an extensive review of marketplace alternatives, we
selected the AMD64 platform as the microarchitecture for our
next-generation supercomputer products," said Cray President and CEO
Peter Ungaro. "In the near-term, the AMD Opteron processor roadmap
provides our customers a smooth upgrade path to multi-core systems.
Through 2010, AMD's multi-core processor roadmap and
HyperTransport(TM) technology capabilities stand out for their ability
to help meet our aggressive performance goals. Our success working
with AMD in developing the Cray XT3(TM) and the Cray XD1(TM) systems
gives us great confidence that AMD is the right partner to help Cray
advance the boundaries of high performance computing."
Cray and AMD will work closely together on Cray's mid-2006
submission for Phase 3 of the DARPA HPCS program. The program plans to
provide economically viable, next-generation high productivity
computing systems for the national security, scientific and industrial
user communities that are able to run applications at sustained speeds
of one petaflop (million billion calculations per second) or more by
the end of the decade.
"We anticipate our shared customers are excited about this
strengthened relationship with Cray, the leading innovator in high
performance computing, and we see this agreement as a strong vote of
confidence in AMD and our role in high performance computing," said
Henri Richard, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing
officer at AMD. "AMD's collaboration with Cray is not just about high
performance computing, we believe the innovation sparked by this
relationship, especially through our joint work on the DARPA HPCS
proposal, could help define the future of the IT industry."
"The goal of the HPCS program is to provide next-generation
systems that are highly robust, easy to program, and perform
efficiently at very large scales. Meeting this challenge will require
an extremely strong engineering team, with the creativity to invent
new HPC solutions and the experience to deliver them," said Steve
Scott, Cray Chief Technology Officer. " Teaming with AMD further
strengthens the Cray team and positions us to present an outstanding
proposal to DARPA in spring 2006."
Today, Cray offers the Cray XT3 and Cray XD1 supercomputers, based
on the AMD Opteron processor, along with the Cray X1E(TM)
supercomputer, based on Cray custom-built vector processors. This
collaboration will further embed AMD technology in Cray's
next-generation supercomputer products, which are designed to increase
performance for HPC applications by drawing on both AMD Opteron and
custom, specialized processors.
AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors,
Flash memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the
computer, communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is
dedicated to delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions
for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to
individual consumers. For more information visit www.amd.com.
About Cray Inc.
As the global leader in HPC, Cray provides innovative
supercomputing systems that enable scientists and engineers in
government, industry and academia to meet both existing and future
computational challenges. Building on years of experience in
designing, developing, marketing and servicing the world's most
advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC
systems that deliver unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range
of applications. Go to www.cray.com for more information.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are
certain factors that could cause Cray's execution to differ materially
from those anticipated by the statements above. These include the
technical challenges of developing high performance computing systems,
reliance on third-party suppliers, and retention and attraction of key
employees and managers. For a discussion of these and other risks, see
"Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's most recent
Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Opteron, and combinations thereof, are
trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Cray is a registered
trademark, and Cray XT3 is a trademark, of Cray Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Teresa Osborne, 512-602-0040
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SOURCE: AMD and Cray Inc.