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CRAY RESEARCH, VISUAL NUMERICS SIGN JOINT TECHNOLOGY AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR FORTRAN 90 SOFTWARE PRODUCTS

 PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR) and Visual Numerics, Inc., today announced at Supercomputing 93 an agreement to cooperate in the development and marketing of leading Fortran 90 technologies.
 Fortran 90 is the next generation of Fortran, replacing Fortran 77 as the most widely used programming language for scientific and technical computing.
 The agreement calls for Visual Numerics to market and distribute Cray Research's Fortran 90 (CF90) Programming Environment for RISC workstations on a non-exclusive, worldwide basis. In addition, Visual Numerics will develop the industry leading IMSL Fortran 90 libraries to interoperate with the CF90 Programming Environment. Cray Research has a worldwide, non-exclusive option to distribute the IMSL Fortran 90 libraries. Each company will provide support and service for its own products under the arrangement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
 Initially targeted under the multi-year agreement are binary- compatible versions of both companies' products for SPARC platforms, including Sun products and the recently announced CS6400 system from subsidiary Cray Research Superservers. Availability of these Fortran 90 products is scheduled by mid-1994.
 Versions of both companies' Fortran 90 products for other platforms, including leading personal computers and workstations, are slated to be made available for joint marketing and distribution at later dates.
 Cray Research announced the CF90 Programming Environment yesterday, calling it the first complete implementation for supercomputers of the new Fortran 90 standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Standards Organization (ISO).
 The company said products based on its CF90 compiler technology will also be marketed for leading personal computers, workstation products and servers through CraySoft. The CraySoft initiative was announced in October to promote the marketing of Cray Research software technology on third-party platforms. "Our goal is for the CF90 Programming Environment to become an industry standard," said Cray Research Vice President of Software Irene Qualters. "This agreement is an important milestone in achieving that objective since it provides the opportunity for Visual Numerics and Cray Research to offer a combined high- performance Fortran development environment to an established base of over 200,000 leading edge IMSL Fortran users."
 "We are very excited about this agreement" said William P. Hayes, vice president and general manager of Visual Numerics. "Cray Research has a solid reputation in the high performance arena and has always produced high quality products. With Fortran 90 as an emerging technology, a joint development of this type makes everyone a winner -- especially our customers."
 The IMSL Fortran 90 Libraries are collections of user-callable mathematical and statistical subroutines that help maximize the performance of computer systems and speed the development of industry- specific software applications by providing "building blocks" for the programmer. By embedding the Libraries' prepackaged subroutines directly into their Fortran 90-based applications, programmers avoid having to write the code from scratch and reduce application development time by up to 95 percent.
 Widely regarded as the standard in numerical libraries, the IMSL Libraries are comprised of more than 900 subroutines for general applied mathematics applications and for analyzing statistical data in scientific and industrial applications. The Libraries include routines for linear systems, Eigensystem analysis, interpolation and approximation, differential equations, transforms, nonlinear equations, optimization, and random number generators, among others.
 Visual Numerics was formed by the December 1992 merger of IMSL, the Houston-based developer of numerical and graphical libraries; and Precision Visuals, the Boulder, Colo.-based developer of Visual Data Analysis software. Through its subsidiaries in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, and its worldwide distribution network, Visual Numerics sells its products in more than 65 countries.
 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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 /CONTACT: Steve Conway, 612-683-7133; or Bill Gacki, both of Cray Research, 612-683-7372; or Peter Masi, of Visual Numerics, 303-581-3403/
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