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CRAY RESEARCH UNVEILS SUPERCOMPUTER SYSTEMS WITH WORLD'S LARGEST CENTRAL MEMORIES

 CRAY RESEARCH UNVEILS SUPERCOMPUTER SYSTEMS
 WITH WORLD'S LARGEST CENTRAL MEMORIES
 New CRAY Y-MP-Compatible Systems Will Enable
 Customers To Solve Larger Problems Than Ever Before
 EAGAN, Minn., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR), today introduced a new series of supercomputers with the largest central memories
ever offered in the computer industry. The new CRAY Y-MP M90 systems will make it possible, for the first time, to efficiently solve important scientific and engineering problems that are too large for the memory of any existing computer system, said John A. Rollwagen, Cray Research chairman and chief executive officer.
 The new systems are available in three frame sizes: the CRAY Y-MP M92 system, with up to two processors; the CRAY Y-MP M94 system, with up to four processors; and the CRAY Y-MP M98 system, with up to eight processors. The largest system, the CRAY Y-MP M98, provides as much as 32 gigabytes, or four gigawords (four billion words), of central memory capacity.
 "No other system in the world today offers this much central memory," Rollwagen said. "The CRAY Y-MP M90 supercomputer systems will enable scientists and engineers to solve larger problems than ever before."
 AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, has placed the first order for one of the new large-memory systems, company officials announced. A CRAY Y-MP M92 system will be installed in late 1992, and will be used for varied research related to integrated circuit design, physics, chemistry, numerical methods, and speech processing.
 "With the CRAY Y-MP M92 system's outstanding performance on large- memory applications, we can cost-effectively solve problems we couldn't tackle before, such as complex three-dimensional models of ultra-small semiconductor devices and the human vocal tract," said N.L. Schryer, head of AT&T Bell Laboratories' Computing Mathematics Research Department. "This capability significantly advances our research program."
 Customer needs addressed by the new CRAY Y-MP M90 systems include: large seismic processing and reservoir simulation models in the petroleum industry; large computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and structural analysis applications in the automotive and aerospace industries; GAUSSIAN modeling of large chemical structures in the chemistry industry; large-scale environmental and long-range weather modeling in those industries; and large interactive and batch workloads in all industries.
 Rollwagen said the new systems are compatible with the company's current CRAY Y-MP model E and CRAY Y-MP C90 supercomputers, but address different classes of problems. "The decision whether to buy a CRAY Y- MP M90 system, or an existing CRAY Y-MP system, or in some cases both, is dictated by the types of programs the customer needs to run." The applications programs run by many customers do not require extremely large memory and perform best using the higher-speed memory of existing CRAY Y-MP model E or model I supercomputer systems, he said. "For important classes of very large programs, however, the memory capacities of the new CRAY Y-MP M90 systems will substantially speed up solution times and increase R&D productivity, by making it possible for the first time to run these programs in one piece."
 Problems too large for a system's central memory have to be broken down and run in smaller pieces, resulting in cumbersome programming work and slower solutions. "In designing new cars, for example, fenders and other body panels typically have to be modeled separately, then tied together," he explained. "The large central memories of the CRAY Y-MP M90 systems allow the entire automobile body to be modeled at one time."
 The CRAY Y-MP M90 series systems feature advanced 16-megabit DRAM memory technology, with up to 17.1 gigabytes/second of total memory bandwidth and up to 11.7 gigabytes/second of total system I/O bandwidth, Rollwagen said. The new systems support all current Cray Research disk storage devices.
 As with existing CRAY Y-MP model E and model I systems, the new large- memory systems include Cray Research's UNICOS, the most powerful and feature-rich UNIX-based operating system available to supercomputer users; TCP/IP; application development tools; NFS (Network File System); and NQS (Network Queuing System) software. Optional software available from Cray Research includes CF77, Standard C, and Ada compilers; additional networking software; and Cray Research's proprietary MPGS (Multipurpose Graphics System), UniChem, and CRI/TurboKiva software. More than 1,000 leading third- party software applications run on CRAY Y-MP systems, including the new CRAY Y-MP M90 systems.
 Pricing for the one of the largest of the new systems, CRAY Y-MP M98 supercomputers, begins at under $10 million in the U.S. "Only three years ago," Rollwagen said, "eight-processor Cray Research supercomputer systems started at more than $23 million. Providing this much computing power at this price dramatically expands the computing options available to customers." International prices for the new systems will vary by country, he said.
 Rollwagen said pricing of the large-memory systems is based on the industry-leading performance and price-performance standards set by the company's top-of-the-line CRAY Y-MP C90 supercomputer system, introduced in November 1991.
 CRAY Y-MP CUSTOMERS ALSO GET MORE PERFORMANCE FOR
 THEIR BUDGET DOLLARS
 To bring all supercomputer systems sold by the company more closely inline with these new standards, he said, effective today the company's existing CRAY Y-MP systems--the CRAY Y-MP 2E, CRAY Y-MP 4E, CRAY Y-MP 8I, and CRAY Y-MP 8E supercomputers--can be purchased or leased at prices from five to 30 percent lower than before, depending on the system's size and memory configuration.
 "Production efficiencies, gained after more than a year of experience in manufacturing these leading systems, allow us to offer their unrivaled performance at even more attractive prices," Rollwagen said. "Customers who purchase or lease CRAY Y-MP systems will get greater performance and computing capability for their budget dollars."
 Cray Research provides the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
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