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CRAY RESEARCH UNVEILS SMALLER VERSIONS OF INDUSTRY-LEADING C90 SUPERCOMPUTER SYSTEM -- SERIES STRENGTHENS MID-RANGE PRODUCT LINE

 EAGAN, Minn., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, the world's most powerful general-purpose supercomputer system, the 16-processor CRAY C916 (formerly CRAY Y-MP C90), will also be available in smaller, lower-priced versions.
 Lester T. Davis, chief operating officer of Cray Research (NYSE: CYR), said that along with the strong-selling 16-processor system, introduced in Nov. 1991 at a list price of $30.5 million, the company is now offering versions with from one to eight processors, at list prices starting at $3.25 million in the
U.S. The systems unveiled today strengthen the company's mid-range CRAY Y-MP product line. Cray Research will also continue to manufacture CRAY Y-MP systems to accommodate the sub-$3 million price point, Davis said.
 He said the CRAY C916 system's industry-leading performance created strong customer demand for smaller versions of the product. Cray Research has already booked five orders for the smaller systems, and is in active discussions with more than a dozen additional prospects worldwide, he said.
 All the C90-series systems feature the newest, fastest memory technology available -- four-megabit SRAM (static random access memory). As a result, the CRAY C916 system is now available with up to one gigaword (one billion words) of central memory, the largest high-speed memory on any supercomputer today and four times this system's previous memory capacity. The smaller systems in the new series are offered with up to twice the memory capacity of their counterparts in the earlier CRAY Y-MP line. Larger memory makes it possible to tackle larger problems, or to solve existing problems faster.
 "In 1992, the CRAY C916's first year in the market, we had to boost production goals to keep pace with orders," said Davis. "Our order book for this system is also getting full for 1993," he said. "To date, the company has received 16 orders for its top-of-the-line supercomputer and has shipped 11 of the systems to government, academic and commercial customers."
 Among these customers is Ford Motor Co., the first commercial organization to install the CRAY C916 system.
 The expanded C90 product series now includes:
 -- The CRAY C92A supercomputer system, an air-cooled system available with one or two processors, at list prices starting at $3.25 million in the United States. Because the system requires no special cooling arrangements, no motor generator set, and operates on standard 50 hertz and 60 hertz commercial electrical power, it can be installed virtually anywhere, including on ships and at remote processing sites.
 -- The CRAY C94A system, an air-cooled system available with two to four processors and with the same power and cooling features as the CRAY C92A system.
 -- The CRAY C94 system, a liquid-cooled supercomputer offered with two to four processors.
 -- The CRAY C98 system, a liquid-cooled system offered with four to eight processors.
 -- The CRAY C916 system, also liquid-cooled, has been expanded and is now available with eight to 16 processors and with up to one gigaword (billion words) of real memory.
 More than 600 leading software applications currently available on the CRAY C916 and CRAY Y-MP systems will run without modification on the new series of systems, said Sara Graffunder, Cray Research director of applications.
 "The C90 series is the most advanced, usable high-performance computing technology available today," Graffunder said.
 The new CRAY C90-series systems feature the same one-gigaflops (billion floating point operations per second) CPU as the original CRAY C916 system, which, when fully configured, has a peak system performance of 16 gigaflops. On a key structural analysis code -- ANSYS from Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc. -- the CRAY C916 system has achieved sustained single-job performance of 5.9 gigaflops and, when running two jobs simultaneously, exceeds seven gigaflops, Graffunder noted. Structural analysis codes are highly complex and I/O (input/output) intensive. In addition, 15 well-known applications programs now operate at sustained speeds of six to 11 gigaflops on the CRAY C916 system, she said. By comparison, the highest sustained performance for any code by a current massively parallel processing (MPP) system in the 1992 IEEE- sponsored Gordon Bell Prize competition was 5.4 gigaflops.
 In four major comparison studies (NASA Ames Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Minnesota Supercomputer Center), CRAY C90 or CRAY Y-MP systems outperformed current MPP systems. In the first two tests, the current MPP systems were able to sustain only two to eight percent of their stated peak performance, versus 50 percent or more in some cases for the Cray Research systems.
 MPP Ready
 The CRAY T3D system, Cray Research's first MPP system due out later this year, will closely couple microprocessor technology with the company's parallel vector supercomputer systems, including any of the CRAY C90 series systems. All CRAY C90 systems feature the established modular Model E I/O subsystem enabling the systems to work in conjunction with the CRAY T3D system. Cray Research expects the CRAY T3D system to outperform competing MPP systems.
 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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