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NEW MODULE BRINGS FOUR-FOLD VECTOR PROCESSING BOOST ON CRAY SPARC SUPERSERVER

 NEW MODULE BRINGS FOUR-FOLD VECTOR PROCESSING
 BOOST ON CRAY SPARC SUPERSERVER
 First Shipments of New System Begin This Month
 BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Research, Inc (NYSE: CYR) today announced the SPARC Vector II processor for the company's SPARC-based CRAY S-MP superserver system. The SPARC Vector II processor boosts vector performance of the superserver product by a factor of four over the previous CRAY S-MP vector module. Shipments for the new SPARC Vector II processor begin this month and the company said that it has received orders totalling more than $4 million for systems based on the new vector processor.
 Each Vector II processor has a peak speed of 267 megaflops (million floating-point operations per second) in 64-bit or 32-bit IEEE arithmetic. A single Vector II processor has sustained 206 megaflops (Mflops) on the standard Linpack 1,000 X 1,000 benchmark. The CRAY S-MP system can be configured to meet diverse user requirements with up to eight 15-nanosecond SPARC scalar processors; or a combination of one to two Vector II processors (total 533 mflops vector performance) and up to four SPARC scalar processors. In addition, the system can include multiple CRAY Attached Parallel Processor (APP) systems for problems, or portions of problems, that are highly parallel. Each fully configured CRAY APP has 84 processors and peak performance of 6.7
gigaflops (billion floating-point operations per second) in 32-bit mode. All currently installed CRAY S-MP systems can be field upgraded with the new Vector II processor.
 The fastest SPARC-based computer system available today, the CRAY S- MP system is the first in a series of SPARC-based superserver products from the company's wholly owned subsidiary Cray Research Superservers (CRS), based here. The CRAY S-MP superserver and planned follow-on systems are designed to extend the performance of SPARC-based desktop workstations and servers, the most popular workstations/server architecture today. More than 200 vendors including CRS and Sun Microsystems, Inc., belong to the SPARC International group and offer binary compatible products that meet the group's SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD).
 "The majority of the SPARC vendors focus on the desktop market," said Martin Buchanan, general manager and president of CRS. "There is a high performance segment of the SPARC marketplace at which the CRAY S-MP superserver
and future CRS products are targeted." Buchanan said the


CRAY S-MP system provides an ideal high-capacity platform for a mix of applications including scalar-dominated, vector and parallel.
 "The CRAY S-MP brings unmatched configurability and seamlessly integrated accelerators such as vector or parallel processors to the SPARC world," continued Buchanan. "The SPARC Vector II processor is the best example of how SPARC users can take advantage of vector technologies within Solaris (the distributed operating environment for SPARC-compatible systems)."
 The CRAY S-MP superserver has a unified architecture and modular design that provides seamless integration between SPARC processors and vector and highly parallel technologies. A fully configured CRAY S-MP system with SPARC, Vector II, and two APP units provides a peak 267 MIPS (million instructions per seconds) of scalar speed, 533 Mflops of vector speed and more than 14 Gflops (32-bit IEEE arithmetic) or 7 Gflops (64- bit IEEE arithmetic) of highly parallel processing power.
 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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 /Editor's Note: CRS was formed in Dec. 1991 to create the fastest SPARC-based systems in the industry and a seamless software environment linking desktop systems, servers, superservers, parallel/vector supercomputers,
massively parallel processors, and storage management systems. The capability and capacity of CRS superservers scale well beyond workstations and servers./
 /Trademarks: CRAY S-MP, CRAY APP, and Vector II are trademarks and CRAY is a registered trademark of Cray Research, Inc. SPARC is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun
Microsystems, Inc. Sun Microsystems is a registered trademark and


Solaris and Sun are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Mardi Schmieder of Cray Research, 612-683-3538/
 (CYR) CO: Cray Research, Inc.; SPARC International, Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU:


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