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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, CRAY RESEARCH UNVEIL PACT TO BOOST U.S. INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS

 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, CRAY RESEARCH UNVEIL PACT
 TO BOOST U.S. INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS
 EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of President Bush's High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative, the Department of Energy (DOE) and Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR) today entered into a preliminary agreement calling for two of DOE's premier research facilities -- the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories -- to work with the supercomputer-maker on developing massively parallel processing that will result in greater capabilities for the national labs and enhanced competitiveness for U.S. firms in the global market. Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins, on hand to sign the agreement, applauded the cooperation "as a fine example of the new spirit of cooperation between government and industry that President Bush has worked so hard to achieve. From the DOE's perspective, this is work that we need to do to fulfill the department's mission, particularly in the areas of defense and environment. What we aim to achieve through this public/private sector cooperation is the development of innovations which will benefit not only DOE and Cray Research, but American competitiveness overall."
 Through this agreement, to be jointly funded at $70 million over a three year period, the two DOE labs and Cray Research will work together towards creating operating systems and capabilities for use on Cray's massively parallel processing (MPP) computer systems that will increase productivity, reduce research and development costs, improve manufacturing techniques and help bring higher-quality products to market faster. Four areas -- environmental modeling, defense systems, materials design and advanced manufacturing -- will be among the most direct beneficiaries. Already, the two DOEa?bs have held preliminary discussions with several U.S. firms, including potential partners from the manufacturing, chemical, petroleum, aeronautical and environmental sectors.
 Siegfried Hecker, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory added, "Modelling and simulation are becoming increasingly useful tools for industry. They are faster, cheaper and more environmentally conscientious than older methods of trial and error. The development of this modern technology will clearly be aided by the application of massively parallel processing capabilities."
 Watkins went on to add, "The direct benefactor of this agreement will be the American people, who will gain a strengthened industrial economy, as well as a cleaner environment and better products."
 Chairman and CEO of Cray Research John A. Rollwagen said, "Many U.S. industries already use Cray supercomputers to compete effectively. The unprecedented initiative announced today promises to make U.S. industries even stronger global competitors, by exploiting the power of MPP technology to solve the most challenging scientific and industrial problems."
 Among the specific areas of computation that will be addressed by the partners, will be models for reducing and containing pollution, improving manufacturing processes, and designing the next generation of semiconductor and microelectronic components.
 This agreement is another step taken by DOE to implement the President's High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative which began in October 1991. DOE is one of four major federal agencies involved in the initiative whose goals are to extend U.S. technological leadership in high performance computing and communications, to speed the pace of innovation of these information technologies, to serve national needs and to enhance the nation's industrial competitiveness.
 The history of cooperation between the two DOE labs and Cray Research is well established. In March, Los Alamos and Cray Research signed three Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) to develop better models of global climate change, computational chemistry and electromagnetic wave effects in ultrahigh-speed electronic devices. Lawrence Livermore also has a CRADA in place with Cray Research, focusing on software development.
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 /CONTACT: Steven E. Fried of the DOE, 202-586-5806, or Steve Conway of Cray Research, 612-683-7133/
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