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GRUMMAN AND CRAY RESEARCH TO NEGOTIATE NASA CONTRACT

 GRUMMAN AND CRAY RESEARCH TO NEGOTIATE NASA CONTRACT
 HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A joint venture between


the Grumman Data Systems Division of Grumman Corp. (NYSE: GQ) and Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR) has been selected to enter final negotiations to provide high-performance computing equipment and services to NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center here.
 Company and NASA/Marshall officials said they expect the negotiations to result in a firm-fixed price, lease-with-option-to- purchase contract for one year, with seven one-year renewal options that could extend the total contract value to approximately $129 million for the Engineering Analysis and Data Systems II (EADS II) program.
 "The EADS II program is a significant win for Cray Research and Grumman Data Systems," said Grumman Data Systems and Services Group president Gerald H. Sandler. "It continues our companies' long relationship with NASA and fortifies Grumman Data Systems' position as a leading integrator of supercomputer-based information processing systems."
 "NASA is a long-standing, valued customer of Cray Research," said Cray Research president John F. Carlson. "This joint win with Grumman paves the way for scientists and engineers at NASA/Marshall to continue to have access to Cray Research's world-leading supercomputer systems, service and support."
 EADS II will be used for scientific and engineering research at NASA/Marshall, especially related to the thermal, electrical, and structural design and load characteristics that influence the performance of flight vehicles and payloads.
 The EADS II system will include network controllers; front-end processors; high-capacity mass storage; peripherals; high-speed networks; distributed minisupercomputer vector processors; high-speed, large-scale vectorized code processors; high-speed scientific workstations; operating systems software; systems and network management software; software development tools; and applications software.
 The team of Grumman Data Systems and Cray Research will provide management and other personnel, equipment, services, supplies and materials needed to support and upgrade EADS II at NASA/Marshall during the contract period.
 Cray Research, based in Eagan, Minn., creates the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
 Grumman Data Systems is among the top 10 integrators of enterprise- wide information systems in the United States for geographic, management, administrative, scientific, engineering, industrial, and business applications. Its designs have solved some of the most complex systems integration and computer-intensive information processing problems facing the federal government and private industry.
 Grumman Corp. is best known as a leading international aircraft and aerospace company. Other businesses range from electronics systems to U.S. Postal Service delivery trucks. Headquartered in Bethpage, N.Y., Grumman employs 22,100 people. Revenues were $4 billion in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Conway (media), 612-683-7133, or Laura Merriam (financial), 612-683-7395, both of Cray Research; or John A. Vosilla of Grumman, 516-575-5119/
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