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CRAY COMPUTER CORP. COMPLETES INITIAL DEMONSTRATION OF THE CRAY-3 SUPER SCALABLE SYSTEM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CRAY) reported today the successful test and demonstration on March 2, 1995, of an array of 256,000 single bit processors packaged using the company's multi-chip-module technology. This array is a major technical component of the CRAY-3/Super Scalable System (CRAY-3/SSS) that is being jointly developed by the company, the National Security Agency and the Supercomputing Research Center (SRC) which was originally announced on August 17, 1994. This test and demonstration completes the first of a number of major tasks required under the Development Contract.

Researchers from the SRC verified correctness of operation of the 256,000 single bit processor array (approximately 4,000 individual Integrated Circuits), which is the first half of a 512,000 singe bit processor array called for in the development contract. This array is coupled to a CRAY-3. The CRAY-3/SSS utilizes the Processor-In-Memory (PIM) chips, developed by the SRC. Both NSA and SRC are providing significant technical assistance in both the software and hardware aspects of the system.

Once completed, the high performance system will consist of a dual processor 2,048 million byte CRAY-3 and a 512,000 single bit processor Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) array with a 128 million byte memory. This CRAY-3/Super Scalable System will provide high-performance vector parallel processing, scalable parallel processing and the combination of both in a hybrid mode featuring extremely high bandwidth between the PIM processor array and the CRAY-3. The current schedule for completion of the Development Contract is the end of July 1995 including a 90 day public Internet access demonstration.

For suitable applications, a SIMD processor array of 1 million processors would provide up to 32 Trillion Bit Operations per Second and price/performance unavailable today on any other high-performance platform. The CRAY-3 system with the SSS option will be offered as an application specific product. The joint development contract is part of the Federal Government's High Performance Computing and Communications program.

Charles Breckenridge, executive vice president of Marketing at Cray Computer Corp. said, "The CRAY-3/SSS will provide unparalleled performance for many promising applications. We are pleased to participate in this transfer of government technology, and we are eager to help potential customers explore and develop appropriate applications."

Cray Computer Corp. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of the CRAY-3, CRAY-3/SSS and CRAY-4 high- performance computer systems.
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/CONTACT: Charles Breckenridge, executive VP of Marketing, or Terry Willkom, president, of Cray Computer, 719-579-6464; or David Gould of Chip Shots Inc., 408-541-8706/

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