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NATIONAL CENTER FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING IN TAIWAN ORDERS A CONVEX C3840

NATIONAL CENTER FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING IN TAIWAN ORDERS A CONVEX
 C3840
 RICHARDSON, Texas, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest computing institute in Taiwan, the National Center for High-Performance Computing ("NCHC"), has ordered a Convex C3840 as one of the main computer systems for its recently established center, it was announced today by Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX). The C3840 supercomputer will be used as a compute server, file server, and visualization server by the center and its numerous users.
 NCHC is a supercomputer facility founded in 1991 by the National Science Council, a ministry-level government agency of the Republic of China. The goals of NCHC are to provide the academic and industrial research community in Taiwan with high-performance systems and application consultation. In addition, the center hopes to promote computational science and engineering research interaction, and system utilization worldwide. With the installation of the C3840, NCHC will provide at least a ten-fold performance improvement over existing facilities, and will become the first facility in the nation to emphasize application expertise.
 According to San-Cheng Chang, director of NCHC, the center is able to achieve its mission by hiring many professional and qualified researchers in related fields and supplying them with leading-edge computer resources. "The Convex C3840 supercomputer was selected to help reach these goals for several reasons. The system's outstanding price/performance and its upgrade capacity in both CPUs and memory were important factors. Also, the large number of supercomputer installations and Convex's reputation for customer satisfaction in system support and service were very impressive," he noted. "In addition, many of our VAX users at universities and research institutions rely on VMS, and Convex's COVUE software provided the familiar interface they required."
 Convex's COVUE (Convex-to-VAX User Environment) helps ease the transition fom the VMS environment to the Convex supercomputing environment. Using Convex supercomputers, scientists and engineers tackle problems too large or complex to run on VAX systems. Problems that take hours to run on a VAX computer can be completed in minutes on a Convex supercomputer, without losing the familiarity of the VMS environment.
 "We spent almost 1-1/2 years thoroughly researching available computing solutions to find the system that would best meet the needs of our users," said Chang. "The Convex C3840 was selected over competition from the DEC VAX 9000, Cray Research's Y-MP 2E, NEC and Fujitsu."
 Wu Kuo-Wel, deputy director of NCHC, was impressed with the C3840's superior CPU performance of scalar, vector and parallel processing, high capacity memory, and integrated I/O bandwith. "We believe that these features, along with a broad range of software and hardware resources in file management and migration, and an ideal visualization environment, will provide NCHC with a complete solution for all of our computing needs," he noted.
 The C3840 is part of Convex's C3 Series of supercomputers consisting of three distinct families of products: the high-end C3800 family, the departmental C3400 family, and the low-cost C3200 family. The C3800 family features up to eight processors, two gigaflops of peak performance, and four gigabytes of physical memory. All systems are both compact and air-cooled, requiring no expensive special facilities or exotic cooling technologies and lowering the cost of ownership. All Convex systems are upward and downward binary compatible and are priced from $295,000 to $8 million.
 "Due in part to the work being done at leading research centers worldwide, breakthroughs in high-performance supercomputing will allow future users to accomplish things never before possible," said Steven J. Wallach, senior vice president of technology at Convex. "We are pleased that NCHC has chosen a Convex C3840 to help achieve its vision of meeting Taiwan's present computing needs and shaping its future technological environment for decades to come."
 Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering, and technical users for a wide variety of applications in areas such as seismic processing, reservoir simulation, computational chemistry, computer-aided engineering, image processing, aerospace simulation, and molecular biology. Convex has sold more than 1,000 systems to over 550 customers in 44 countries. The systems are sold and serviced through direct sales and an extensive distributor network.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: VMS is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corporation. COVUE is a registered trademark of Convex Computer Corporation.
 /CONTACT: Donna Burke of Convex U.S.A., 214-497-4230; or San-Cheng Chang, director of NCHC, in Taiwan, 886-2-3661570/
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