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CRAY RESEARCH MASSIVELY PARALLEL PROGRAM SELECTED FOR DARPA RESEARCH INITIATIVE

 CRAY RESEARCH MASSIVELY PARALLEL PROGRAM
 SELECTED FOR DARPA RESEARCH INITIATIVE
 Cray Program Targets Peak TeraFLOPS Performance in 1995,
 Sustained TeraFLOPS Performance On Real Work By 1997
 EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have signed an agreement to collaborate on research, development, and demonstration of enabling technologies needed for massively parallel processing (MPP) computer systems with unprecedented performance, Cray Research officials announced today.
 This is Cray Research's first collaborative effort with DARPA. As part of the Administration's High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) program, the three-year agreement calls for DARPA to contribute $12.7 million in funding support for the first phase of
Cray Research's MPP program. DARPA's prime responsibility under the


HPCC initiative is for advanced technology research.
 "Our primary goal in bringing MPP technologies into the mainstream supercomputing marketplace is commercial viability -- the system's ability to help a broad base of users solve real-world problems faster than ever before," said John Rollwagen, Cray Research chairman and chief executive officer.
 "We are pleased that DARPA recognizes, supports, and is willing to invest in our MPP program," Rollwagen continued. "This agreement is a confirmation that Cray Research's unique approach to MPP is a sound means to achieve a TeraFLOPS performance on real-world problems."
 Cray Research continues to invest substantial funds in its MPP program, which includes plans to closely couple MPP microprocessor technology with Cray Research's general-purpose architecture. The company believes this strategy will help advance MPP applications and provide a heterogeneous computing environment more applicable for users in the early '90s, according to Steve Nelson, Cray Research vice president of technology and MPP project leader.
 "We have always taken a balanced design approach at Cray Research to achieve high performance," said Nelson. "By integrating leading-edge microprocessor technology and general-purpose architecture into one system, customers can use proven CRAY Y-MP architecture, the richness of our established production software, and our networking capabilities to compute their MPP applications on the MPP portion of the system," said Nelson. "We see this approach as being in-line with our historical commitment to provide users with a balanced, total computing solution."
 Cray Research's MPP program includes three phases:
 -- First Phase -- introduction in 1993 of the first-generation MPP system, intended to achieve more than 100 gigaFLOPS (one billion floating-point operations per second).
 -- Second Phase -- introduction in 1995 of the second-generation MPP systems, to be scalable to a TeraFLOPS (one trillion floating-point operations per second) of peak performance.
 -- Third Phase -- introduction in 1997 of the third-generation system, to provide a sustained TeraFLOPS of performance.
 MPP systems utilize hundreds, or even thousands, of microprocessors that are harnessed together to solve a problem.
 Cray Research, Inc. creates the most powerful, highest quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
 DARPA, as the central research and development organization of the Department of Defense, has a primary responsibility to maintain U.S. technological superiority over potential adversaries.
 The HPCC is a Federal research and development program designed to sustain and extend U.S. leadership in all advanced areas of computing and networking.
 CRAY Y-MP is a federally registered trademark of Cray Research, Inc.
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