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NEW CHANNELINK PRODUCTS FOR SUPERCOMPUTER MARKET DEBUT AT SUPERCOMPUTING '92

 MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- Computer Network Technolog y Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CMNT) (CNT) of Maple Grove, Minn., today began a series of live demonstrations of CHANNELink(TM) products that provide high-performance network access to supercomputers. The demonstrations are taking place in conjunction with Supercomputing '92, an international trade show being held this week at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
 Mac Lewis, CNT president and CEO, said that enhanced CHANNELink support for supercomputers is in response to customer requirements for distributed access to very large amounts of processing power. Lewis commented, "By providing industry-standard network access to supercomputers, CNT enables any network user to interact with supercomputers like any other network-attached computer. Supercomputer customers can use CHANNELink's high-speed channel interfaces, wide-area connectivity and interfaces to high-volume LANs like FDDI to provide the throughput required to efficiently use the large volume of information generated by supercomputer applications."
 CNT's demonstration at Supercomputing '92 features the CHANNELink interface to HIPPI (High Performance Parallel Interface), an industry standard channel which operates at 800 Mbps. HIPPI channels are emerging as the preferred high-speed interface between supercomputers and their peripherals. The CHANNELink HIPPI interface connects any host with a HIPPI channel, such as supercomputers, mini-supercomputers or workstations, to the CHANNELink network either directly or through HIPPI switches.
 CNT is demonstrating applications for the CHANNELink HIPPI interface by:
 -- running HIPPI TCP~IP data through its demonstration network in the CNT booth. A workstation from Sun Microsystems equipped with a HIPPI interface board from Chi Systems, Inc. simulates a supercomputer as the source of data in the network. The CNT network demonstrates CHANNELink's ability to drive data from supercomputers across such wide area communication circuits as 45 Mbps DS-3 to such destinations as other remote supercomputers, IBM mainframes, or users on local area networks such as FDDI in either local or remote locations.
 -- connecting CNT's demonstration network to SCinet, an experimental high-speed network running at Supercomputing '92 to demonstrate technical feasibility of networked supercomputing environments. This connection allows CNT to demonstrate HIPPI interoperability by transferring data to other vendors connected to SCinet via the HIPPI interface.
 -- contributing a CHANNELink SAU+ network processor for use within SCinet. This CHANNELink network processor will route traffic between FDDI and HIPPI networks, a key capability for networked supercomputering environments.
 Other connectivity products for supercomputer environments that CNT offers include the CHANNELink interface for the Cray 12 MBps channel, a popular channel used with many supercomputers from Cray Research. CHANNELink support for the HIPPI channel and the Cray 12 MBps channel both use industry-standard TCP~IP protocol to connect supercomputer environments to any other TCP~IP device on a CHANNELink network including other supercomputers, mainframes and LANs.
 Computer Network Technology Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets high-speed channel networking products for the interconnection of mainframe computers, supercomputers, data base computers and peripheral devices over unlimited distances. The company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market Systems under the symbol CMNT.
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 ~NOTE: CHANNELink is a trademark of Computer Network Technology Corporation. All other trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective manufacturers.
 ~CONTACT: Doug Anderson of Computer Network Technology, 612-550-8000~
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