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ARCTIC REGION SUPERCOMPUTER IS NOW ON LINE

 FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's largest memory supercomputers, the CRAY Y-MP M98 system, is now on line through the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC), the University said today.
 The Cray Research (NYSE: CYR) supercomputer provides capabilities never before available to scientists because of its combined memory and speed. The four-processor CRAY Y-MP M98 can perform over 1.3 billion operations per second and has over eight billion bytes of memory.
 Through the ARSC, national and international scientists will have access to supercomputing capabilities to support arctic science research including global climate change, environmental modeling and problems identified as critical national priorities.
 UAF research units already use supercomputers through high-speed networking, including the Geophysical Institute, Institute of Marine Science, Institute of Arctic Biology, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, School of Engineering and the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
 Researchers will use the Cray Y-MP M98 to help store and analyze data collected in the arctic on global change, fisheries dynamics and ionospheric interactions. Such information contributes significantly to research on sea ice, climate change and the greenhouse effect, as well as work related to volcanic eruptions, forest fires, mineral resource assessment and fisheries management.
 The supercomputer has been named "Denali" on Internet, the national computer network. Denali is the Alaska Native name for Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak.
 According to ARSC Director Tom Healy, "Denali will provide a tremendous resource for the federal environmental research and development program through the center's focus on arctic system science research."
 The ARSC state-of-the-art facility will include massive data storage capacity and sophisticated data visualization capabilities. ARSC is a national resource of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the Department of Defense (DoD) administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station. Congress appropriated $25 million for the supercomputer last year and the university purchased the CRAY Y-MP M98 in December. The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host and operate the center; however, long-term operational funding will be achieved through federal funding and industrial support.
 The CRAY Y-MP supercomputer is currently housed at the Corporate Computer Network (CCN) facility of Cray Research in Eagan, Minn., but will be moved to the ARSC site in the UA Butrovich Building in August.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Healy, director, ARSC, or David Hoffman, ARSC, 907-474-6307, or Debra Damron, public information officer, 907-474-7581, all of the University of Alaska Fairbanks/
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