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ALABAMA SUPERCOMPUTER AUTHORITY ORDERS NEW CRAY RESEARCH SUPERCOMPUTER

 EAGAN, Minn., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alabama Supercomputer Authority has ordered a CRAY C94A supercomputer system for installation by the end of this year, Cray Research (NASDAQ-NMS: CRAY) announced today. The system will be installed at the Alabama Supercomputer Network Center in Huntsville, Ala., which is managed by Nichols Research, Inc.
 The CRAY C94A system replaces a CRAY X-MP system in use at the supercomputer center since 1987. The new system will be used for expanded research and development by six major universities throughout the state, including the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa; Auburn University; Alabama A&M University; and the University of South Alabama.
 "The CRAY C94A system will give us three times more throughput than our current system," said Alabama Supercomputer Authority CEO Dr. Ben Barnes. "We have been operating at maximum capacity on the X-MP system for two to three years, and our researchers are ready for the upgrade and excited to begin harnessing the power of the CRAY C94A system."
 The CRAY C94A system will also expand Alabama's computational science program for high schools. Through this program, high school students develop computer programs for the supercomputer to solve science problems such as thrust factor control systems on booster rockets and geological exploration for oil deposits. Alabama was one of the first states to establish a curriculum in computational science. Alabama high school students have won national awards for supercomputer applications.
 "Recently, we have had limited capacity to provide supercomputer resources for the high school program," said Barnes. "The CRAY C94 system will enable us to expand this program, which has proven valuable to the students and to our state."
 "Alabama was the first state to fund and operate a statewide high- speed supercomputer network for academic research and industrial development," said John Carlson, Cray Research CEO. "This order demonstrates the success and ongoing demand for supercomputer resources within the state, and we are pleased to provide the increased computing resources of the CRAY C94A supercomputer."
 Including Cray Research's entry level computer system, the company has more than 450 systems installed worldwide.
 Cray Research creates the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging industrial and scientific problems.
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