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MINNESOTA SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER ORDERS MOST ADVANCED CRAY RESEARCH SUPERCOMPUTERS

 MINNESOTA SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER ORDERS
 MOST ADVANCED CRAY RESEARCH SUPERCOMPUTERS
 MINNEAPOLIS, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Supercomputer Center, Inc. (MSCI), and Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR), today announced an agreement that calls for MSCI to acquire Cray Research's newest and most advanced supercomputer technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Cray Research will install a CRAY Y-MP C90 system in the second quarter of 1993. Cray Research will also install a CRAY Y- MP M92 supercomputer system at MSCI during the fourth quarter of 1992.
 John Sell, president of MSCI, described the CRAY Y-MP C90 as "the most powerful general-purpose supercomputer in the world. The C90's performance on a wide spectrum of real-world problems is truly exciting. This system will be an essential component of the computing resources we offer to our commercial, government and academic users." The CRAY Y-MP M92, part of a product series announced by Cray Research in May, 1992 that features the world's largest central memories, will provide MSCI with important new capabilities interim to the C90's arrival. Sell said, "The memory size of the M92 is particularly well suited to a large number of interactive users. It will allow scientists and engineers who depend on MSCI to address problems that were previously too complex to solve on any other computer." The agreement for Cray Research to provide the two new supercomputer systems, including service and support, is valued in excess of $40 million, Sell said.
 "MSCI is one of the nation's leading supercomputing centers and has been a key customer of ours for many years" said John A. Rollwagen, Cray Research's chairman and CEO.. "We are fortunate to have this world-class facility in the state of Minnesota, and we're proud that MSCI continues to work with Cray Research to provide the highest-performing computational tools available to the center's commercial, government and academic users."
 Rollwagen said market demand has been strong for both systems ordered by MSCI. "The production schedule for the CRAY Y-MP C90 system is full through mid-1993. This order agreement ensures that MSCI can provide access to these advanced systems in a manner that meets its users' requirements."
 According to Sell, the new Cray Research systems will help MSCI maintain
its competitive edge. "Cray Research is the world's leading supercomputer company, and Cray systems continue to be the mainstays for our users." He expects the new Cray Research systems to be essential in maintaining MSCI's success in the high-performance computer marketplace. "Although MSCI purchases supercomputer systems from a variety of vendors, the agreement with Cray Research announced today is the cornerstone of our plans to acquire next-generation technology."
 "Supercomputing technology is increasingly vital for Minnesota's economic development, global competitiveness, and academic research leadership," said Minnesota Governor Arne H. Carlson. "We are fortunate to have the world's leading supercomputer manufacturer, Cray Research, here in our state, and we are very pleased that the Minnesota Supercomputer Center has chosen to strengthen its ties to Cray Research to ensure it maintains its cutting-edge in computing capability."
 The Minnesota Supercomputer Center, Inc., is a for-profit corporation founded in 1982 which provides advanced computing services to industrial, government and academic customers across the country.
 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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 /CONTACT: John Sell of Minnesota Supercomputer Center, 612-626-0266; or Steve Conway of Cray Research, 612-683-7133/
 (CYR) CO: Cray Research Inc.; Minnesota Supercomputer Center ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU:


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