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PITTSBURGH SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER CONTRACTS FOR NEW SUPERCOMPUTER

PITTSBURGH SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER CONTRACTS FOR NEW SUPERCOMPUTER
 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has signed an agreement with Cray Research, Inc., to replace the center's CRAY Y-MP system with the newly announced CRAY Y-MP C90, it was announced today.
 The C90 will provide a fivefold increase in the center's Cray supercomputing capability, and it is expected to spur fresh approaches by researchers nationwide who use the center's resources to address some of the most challenging problems in science.
 Cray Research announced the C90 system yesterday afternoon at the Supercomputing '91 conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The agreement provides that the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will receive the first C90 available to a non-government research center. Delivery is scheduled for October 1992.
 The C90 features 16 connected processing units, twice as many as the Y-MP8 system it replaces, each of which is capable of performing a billion calculations a second. It has 256 million bytes of memory, eight times as much as the Y-MP8, and the agreement provides that Pittsburgh's C90 will be expanded to 512 million bytes in 1993.
 "Developing and using new technology in Pennsylvania is critical if our businesses are going to be competitive in the twenty-first century," said Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey. "Our commitment to the growth of high-tech industries has made Pennsylvania both a national leader and a national model.
 "Pennsylvania is proud to be the first state in the nation to host the newest generation of Cray supercomputer at a non-government site," added Casey. "The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is further evidence of our ability to support and encourage high-tech growth in our state."
 "The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center provides an important point of contact between university-based research and the development of new technologies," said Carnegie Mellon University President Robert Mehrabian, "and this agreement significantly enhances that connection." Under the agreement Cray Research and the Pittsburgh center will cooperate in the development of new supercomputing technologies.
 University of Pittsburgh President Dennis O'Connor noted that the availability of this increased computing power promises to advance research in many fields. "With this increased capability and in an extraordinary operating environment, scientists will accelerate the rate of discovery, advance knowledge, and confront some of the world's toughest questions. The array of research will range from probing the origin of the universe, designing new drugs to combat diseases, and seeking ways to end pollution."
 For the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the agreement follows through on plans underway since 1988, when the center contracted with Cray Research for delivery of the Y-MP8, said scientific co-directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies. "We have had a mutually beneficial relationship with Cray Research since we began," said Levine, "and this agreement further enhances our ability to provide the most advanced computing tools possible to the research community nationwide."
 "We are now forced to turn down more than half the computing time requested on our Y-MP because the machine cannot meet the demand," said Roskies. "This contract will encourage researchers to address problems of range and depth they couldn't attempt before, simply because the computing to do the job wasn't available."
 Along with Levine and Roskies, the director of supercomputing for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Jim Kasdorf, actively participated in negotiations with Cray that led to the agreement securing a C90 for the Pittsburgh site. "At Westinghouse, we are very pleased," said Kasdorf, "to continue our close relationship with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in its national leadership role for high- performance computing. This agreement shows, once again, the center's commitment to leading-edge technology in support of science."
 "We are delighted to have our latest technology, and most powerful computer system, introduced to the academic research community by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center," said John Rollwagwen, chairman and chief executive officer for Cray Research. "We believe this powerful system will help change the world. The CRAY Y-MP C90 will enable scientists and engineers that access the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's computational resources to solve some of the world's most complex and critical problems (Grand Challenges) that, until now, couldn't be solved with available computational tools. In addition, this system will open exciting new computational avenues for solving critical commercial challenges."
 Roskies and Levine noted also that the improved capability of the C90 fits well with the center's pioneering development of heterogeneous computing, a new paradigm in computing for scientific research. By using interconnected networks of computers of different architecture, researchers can take advantage of the unique capabilities of each system to maximize scientific output.
 The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, together with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, was established in 1986 by a grant from the National Science Foundation with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to develop and make available state-of-the-art high-performance computing for scientific researchers nationwide. To date, more than 4,000 scientists and engineers at over 350 universities and research centers in 49 states have used the center's facilities, and this work has resulted in over 1,000 published papers in professional science and engineering journals.
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