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PITTSBURGH SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER RECEIVES NEWEST, MOST POWERFUL CRAY

 PITTSBURGH SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER RECEIVES NEWEST, MOST POWERFUL CRAY
 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has received delivery of the CRAY Y-MP C90, the newest and most powerful supercomputing system produced by Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR), the Minnesota-based firm that has supplied most of the supercomputing systems in use around the world.
 The Pittsburgh center is the first non-government site in the United States to receive the new system.
 Once it is operational, the C90 at Pittsburgh will be available to academic and industrial researchers nationwide, and it is expected to have a major impact on Grand Challenge research, problems of critical national importance the solution of which exceeds the capability of existing computational tools. Such problems include global climate change, environmental modeling, design of new materials and the structure of proteins and DNA, important in the design of new pharmaceutical drugs.
 The C90 features 16 connected processing units, each of which is capable of performing a billion calculations a second, so that peak speed is 16 billion calculations a second -- six times faster than Cray's current top-of-the-line system, the Y-MP/8, which the C90 will replace. For a human being doing one calculation a second with a hand-held calculator 24 hours a day, it would take 500 years to do 16 billion calculations.
 The C90 has 256 million words (two billion bytes) of memory, enough to store seven sets of the current 32-volume edition of Encyclopedia Britannica with room left over. The memory of Pittsburgh's C90 will be doubled to 512 million words in 1993.
 A team of engineers from Cray Research, Inc. will work around-the-clock for several weeks to bring the system on-line at the Westinghouse Energy Center, Monroeville, Pa., where the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center maintains its supercomputing hardware. Delivery of the new system this week follows through on a November 1991 agreement between Cray and the Pittsburgh research center.
 Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey notes that the C90 will support industrial growth. "In recent years, Pennsylvania has become a center for high technology," said Casey. "The number of technology firms in the commonwealth is growing at twice the national average. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is an example of our ability to support and encourage high-tech growth in our state. We're proud that Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to host this newest generation of Cray supercomputer at a non-government site. Supporting the development and use of new technology is key to the success of our businesses if they are to compete in world markets in the next century. We have become a national leader in supporting high-tech industries."
 "This increased computer power will enable researchers to follow lines of inquiry otherwise impossible," said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor, "and to make discoveries that will profoundly shape the world of tomorrow -- the quality of our science and the quality of our lives. In this extraordinary computing environment, we will advance the scope of human curiosity while confronting some of the world's most complex and vexing problems."
 "The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's new Cray computer, the most powerful in the world," said Robert Mehrabian, president of Carnegie Mellon University, "will enable Carnegie Mellon scientists and scientists around the country to make significant breakthroughs and address major scientific and technical problems. The speed and power of this machine will be important factors in helping these scientists address issues affecting our national welfare."
 For the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, delivery of the C90 is the latest in a series of significant hardware additions begun in 1988, when the center contracted with Cray Research for delivery of its current Cray system, the Y-MP/8, said scientific co-directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies. "Since this center began in 1986," said Levine, "we've had a mutually productive relationship with Cray Research. Delivery of the C90 will further enhance our ability to provide the most advanced computing tools possible to the research community nationwide."
 "Requests from researchers around the country for use of our resources have been steadily increasing," said Roskies, "and we simply haven't had enough capability to meet the demand. The C90 will be a national resource that will enable academic and industrial scientists and engineers to tackle problems of a range and depth they couldn't attempt before."
 The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX), 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 5,200 scientists and engineers at over 400 universities and research centers in 49 states have used the center's facilities, and this work has resulted in over 1,300 published papers in professional science and engineering journals.
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