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CRAY COMPUTER CORP. ANNOUNCES THE CRAY-3 PRODUCT LINE

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Computer Corp. (NASDAQ: CRAY) announced today the CRAY-3 supercomputer series, a broad line of modular upgradeable general-purpose scientific supercomputers systems. The CRAY-3 systems range from a one processor up to 16 processors, with memory sizes from 64 megawords, up to one gigaword. CRAY-3 processors have the fastest clock of any available system at two nanoseconds, with overall system performance equivalent to or better than any commercially available system.
 The CRAY-3 supercomputer series consists of the following configurations:
 No. of Processors Memory Size MWords
 1 or 2 64, 128, 256, 512
 4 128, 256, 512
 8 256, 512
 16 512, 1024
 "With a price of $2.95 million for a single processor system, the CRAY-3 line offers a clear price/performance advantage over the competition," said Howard Watts, vice president sales and marketing. He further stated that "Current manufacturing lead times indicate that smaller processor configurations (1, 2 and 4) of the CRAY-3 would be available for shipment in mid-1993, eight-processor configurations by late 1993 and the largest 16-processor configuration in 1994."
 The CRAY-3 processing performance is complemented by the highest performance, latest generation RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks) disk subsystems supplied by Maximum Strategy Inc. of Milpitas, Calif. RAID disk subsystems provide on-the-fly error correction to maximize reliability and also provide very high transfer rates and large volume storage. Industry standard high-speed HIPPI (High Performance Peripheral Interface) channels are used to connect CRAY-3 systems to networks, other computers and very high performance peripherals such as the RAID disks. In addition to HIPPI interfaces, the company offers channels that are compatible with those on the CRAY-2. This level of compatibility simplifies the migration of existing disks and networks to the CRAY-3, reducing customer costs.
 The CRAY-3 has been in system test for several months and single processor results for a number of industry standard benchmarks were announced in January 1993. Since then, the company has successfully run application codes from several key supercomputer user sites including nine of the benchmark codes from the NASA Ames Research Laboratory and several key applications from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
 Malcolm Hammerton, vice president of Software, noted that NCAR has been running several significant atmospheric research models on the company's in-house CRAY-2 system for about a year. Four of the largest of these models have been used as part of the test set for the CRAY-3 checkout and all have run successfully. The largest of these models -- CCM2, a Community Climate Model, has executed some 2.22 times faster in single processor mode on the CRAY-3 than on the CRAY-2. "We are delighted that our simulated performance projections have been borne out on the CRAY-3 hardware," Hammerton said.
 The company also announced that the delivery of a CRAY-3 four- processor supercomputer system to the NCAR in Boulder, Colo., is being rescheduled to late April or early May 1993. NCAR is completing the site preparation of their facility for the CRAY-3 and expect completion by approximately the end of April 1993. The company continues to improve the performance and functionality of the CRAY-3 for delivery to NCAR. The CRAY-3 is being provided to NCAR under the terms of an equipment loan agreement, and the company will not receive any revenue from NCAR over the six-month loan period.
 In preparation for the CRAY-3 installation at NCAR, the company has begun to provide CRAY-3 remote access to a small number of select NCAR users. "NCAR has used over 12,000 hours of CRAY-2 CPU time at our facility over the last year," Hammerton continued. "This has helped us to check out the CRAY-3 software environment to ensure that it is customer-ready and has provided NCAR with some much-needed computing resource to further its efforts in climate research. We are now beginning the process of migrating NCAR's users from our CRAY-2 system to a CRAY-3 here in Colorado Springs so that when NCAR's own CRAY-3 system is delivered, those users can become productive on it as quickly as possible."
 The company further reported that on March 19, 1993, Bloomberg Business News, an information service for brokerage firms, erroneously reported under the company's name that the U.S. Government Department of Energy had canceled a preliminary agreement to help fund the development of software for a new generation of supercomputers called massively parallel processing systems. In actual fact, and as reported in the Wall Street Journal and other publications, that preliminary agreement which was canceled, was between the Department of Energy and Cray Research Inc. Cray Research Inc. is a competitor of Cray Computer Corp.
 Cray Computer Corp. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of the CRAY-3 and CRAY-4 supercomputer systems.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Wilkom, president, or William Skolout, CFO of Cray Computer, 719-579-6464/
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