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CONVEX COMPUTER CORP. AND SAS INSTITUTE JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER SAS SYSTEM ON SUPERCOMPUTERS

 RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX) and SAS Institute Inc. announced today that the SAS(R) System, the world's leading information delivery system, will be available on Convex C Series supercomputers in 1993.
 The SAS System, an integrated suite of software products for enterprise-wide information delivery, provides organizations with tools to access, manage, analyze and present their data within an applications development environment.
 Convex is the first supercomputer to be supported by the SAS System, thereby providing unique solutions for data management and analysis problems too large to run on other platforms. Large data-intensive applications currently restrained by available resources can be delivered in shorter time on a Convex supercomputer, allowing organizations to make decisions in a more timely and cost-efficient manner.
 "The combination of SAS software and Convex hardware can change open systems information processing," said Leigh Ihnen, manager, numerical architecture and performance for SAS Institute. "Information can provide a competitive advantage in the ever-changing global economy. By turning large volumes of data into information, SAS software and Convex hardware provide the keystone for an open systems information solution."
 "With the SAS System available on a supercomputer, it is now possible for a variety of businesses to track information that was previously too massive to even consider analyzing," said Robert J. Paluck. Convex chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "Insurance agencies will be able to study in more detail statistics such as demographics, weather, time of day, and the cumulative effect of these and a myriad of other statistics to more effectively predict claims on policies. Retailers will be able to routinely track massive amounts of information on a specific piece of merchandise to help determine the salability of specific colors, sizes, and other details about the item in every part of the country."
 The technical advantages of the SAS System on Convex supercomputers are numerous. The large real and virtual memory of the Convex supercomputer architecture allows for processing of huge data sets such as census information containing millions of observations and many variables. It also supports single SAS files greater than two gigabytes, so jobs no longer have to be broken into pieces. The SAS System has been highly vectorized and parallelized to optimize performance of data analysis. The Convex system's fast I~O is used to balance fast compute capabilities to speed job completion. A Convex supercomputer can act as both a SAS compute and data server by providing a huge on-line disk storage capability of more than 660 gigabytes. Virtually unlimited storage capacity is available using Convex's file server technologies along with central site date integrity features such as RAID, central backup, and checkpoint~restart.
 "The SAS System has been one of the most requested software products by our customers in such areas as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, research, and transportation," said Paluck. "Convex's high-performance computational speeds, balanced with fast I~O, perfectly match the SAS System's requirements on very large data-intensive jobs. This combination of powerful software and high-performance hardware provides an ideal solution for a large number of our current customers and offers opportunities for Convex to expand into new markets."
 "With large memory, fast I~O and CPU, Convex hardware provides a strategic resource in a distributed open systems environment," added Ihnen. "The SAS System under ConvexOS removes the two-gigabyte file size restriction that exists in most open systems."
 Headquartered in Cary, N.C., privately-held SAS Institute is among the world's largest independent software companies. Since its incorporation in 1976, SAS Institute has consistently led the major software vendors in percentage of revenue committed to research and development (35 percent in 1991, twice the industry average). More than 3 million users at 24,000 businesses, universities and government agencies worldwide are using SAS software products.
 Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering, and technical users for a wide variety of applications in areas such as seismic processing, reservoir simulation, computational chemistry, computer-aided engineering, image processing, aerospace simulations, and molecular biology. Convex is a member of the Precision Risc Organization (PRO), an association of industry-leading companies that promote the use of HP's PA-RISC technology. Convex, which is listed on the NYSE with the symbol CNX, has sold more than 1,100 systems to nearly 600 customers in 44 countries. The systems are sold and serviced through direct sales and an extensive distribution network.
 NOTE: SAS is a registered trademark of SAS Institute Inc., Cary, N.C., USA. All other trade names referenced are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies.
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 ~CONTACT: Donna Burke of Convex Computer Corporation, 214-497-4230; or Hilary Yeo of SAS Institute Inc., 919-677-8000~
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