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CRAY RESEARCH ANNOUNCES WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL SPARC COMPUTER

 CRAY RESEARCH ANNOUNCES WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL SPARC COMPUTER
 CRAY S-MP Superserver Is First Product From New Subsidiary
 EAGAN, Minn., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR), today announced the availability of the CRAY S-MP system, the first in a planned series of SPARC-based superserver products from Cray Research Superservers, Inc. (CRS), Beaverton, Ore., the company's wholly owned subsidiary formed in December 1991 from acquired assets of the former Floating Point Systems. The new system meets the SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD) established by the SPARC International industry group, and is the most powerful SPARC-based system available in the world, the company said.
 "The CRAY S-MP system is designed to be linked with SPARC-based workstations and other computing resources on a distributed processing network," said Martin Buchanan, general manager of CRS. The new superserver will serve as a bridge from SPARC workstations to larger Cray Research supercomputing systems on the same network. In addition, he said, the CRAY S-MP system will be used to solve problems too large for workstations and typical servers to handle alone, and will operate as a file server with a one-terabyte (trillion bytes) capacity. Applications that the system is particularly well-suited for include finite element analysis, signal
processing, E-CAD, mass storage management, and distributed graphics. Pricing for the CRAY S-MP system starts at $500,000 in the United States.
 To date, nine orders have been received for the new CRAY S-MP system. The largest installation, Buchanan said, is at the National Institute of Genetics in Japan. This system is used to support the institute's human genome project. CRS also supports approximately 60 installed FPS 500 systems, many of which can be upgraded in the field to CRAY S-MP systems.
 "Cray Research has joined SPARC International, an organization of more than 200 SPARC vendors that, through the SCD, supports binary compatibility among products," Buchanan said. The CRAY S-MP system incorporates SPARC RISC technology, and since the system is SCD compliant it runs more than 3,500 available SPARC applications without modification.
 "The capability of workstations has increased dramatically in recent years, and the majority of our commercial and government customers have found that workstations coupled with supercomputers make an ideal solution for high-performance scientific computing," said John Rollwagen, Cray Research chairman and chief executive officer. "The CRAY S-MP superserver, with its seamless connections to high-powered workstations, is the first in a series of systems that will bridge the gap between our supercomputers and the SPARC
world. There is a very fast-growing installed base of SPARC systems, with more than 4,000 third-party hardware and software products. The CRAY S-MP superserver will open the door to higher performance on these applications for SPARC workstation users," he said.
 The new SPARC-based CRAY S-MP system follows a Jan. 1992 information-and technology-sharing agreement between Cray Research and Sun Microsystems that called for closer compatibility between the companies' products, Rollwagen said. As part of the agreement, the two companies will cooperate to create a seamless software environment, allowing Sun systems and Cray Research supercomputers, including the top-of-the-line CRAY Y-MP C90 supercomputer, to work together with unprecedented efficiency. CRS intends to use technology developed at Sun Microsystems to produce high-end CRAY S-MP follow-on superserver products, he said.
 The CRAY S-MP system is based on Floating Point Systems' FPS 500 system, with significant Cray software and hardware engineering enhancements. According to Buchanan, the system fits easily into today's heterogeneous computing environment, where there are a variety of processor types, including scalar, vector, and specialized parallel processors. The system has a unified architecture and a modular design, and can be configured to meet user requirements for scalar only, scalar/vector, scalar/parallel, or scalar/vector/parallel processing, he said. The CRAY S-MP can be configured with up to eight 15-nanosecond high-performance SPARC scalar processors to provide a 533 MIPs scalar- only mainframe. Alternatively, the system can be configured with up to two vector processors, and can also include up to two Attached Parallel Processors (APPs) capable of handling problems, or portions of problems, that are more highly parallel. A fully configured CRAY S-MP system contains four SPARC scalar processors, two vector processors and two APPs for a system peak performance of 6.4 gigaflops (billion floating- point operations per second).
 The system's operating system, CRS-OS, is a UNIX-based enhanced version of Sun's Solaris operating system, Buchanan added. The CRAY S- MP system has a unified compiling system, which means single-standard- based programs written in FORTRAN 77 and ANSI C provide scalar-only processing, but can also be automatically vectorized and parallelized, in part or whole, to utilize the system's vector processors and APPs.
 "Cray Research has defined and redefined supercomputing over the past 20 years," said Buchanan. "As our customers explore new approaches to high-performance computing, we intend to provide the most powerful solution for each major architecture. The CRAY S-MP is our high- performance answer to scalar-dominated processing and SPARC workstation interoperability."
 Cray Research creates the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
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