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SPRINT, MSCI ENTER JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT TO COMBINE ATM AND SUPERCOMPUTERS

 Offering Will Be First Combined Commercial High-Performance
 Computing and Communications Service
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) and Minnesota Supercomputer Center Inc. today announced a joint marketing agreement to combine Asynchronous Transfer Mode technology and supercomputers for availability nationwide, creating the first commercial high-performance computing product for electronic superhighway applications.
 The service, to be available in the first quarter of next year, will for the first time bring supercomputer capabilities to the desktops of U.S. companies engaged in such computer-intensive research applications as the 3-D modeling of DNA, air and spacecraft vehicles, seismological formations and architectural structures, among others requiring high- speed mathematical computations.
 "This agreement will bring the power of supercomputing into the hands of customers everywhere," said Don Teague, vice president/general manager of Sprint's Government Systems Division. "The integration of ATM high-performance networking and other leading-edge communications technologies with high-performance supercomputing will provide solutions that will open a new chapter in the Information Age."
 Sprint will provide broadband ATM and other advanced networking capabilities to the relationship. ATM lets users send information at speeds 20 to 30 times faster than currently available bandwidth, allowing, for example, a 400-page book to be sent cross-country in one second. Minnesota Supercomputer Center Inc., or MSCI, will provide vector supercomputing and massively parallel processor capability -- both supercomputer architectures -- along with mass storage and distribution, as well as systems integration and services development and support.
 Sprint, which became the first carrier to offer nationwide ATM commercially in August, will introduce ATM with MSCI's supercomputer applications early next year. Initially, customers will be able to use SprintLink(sm), frame relay, Integrated Services Digital Network -- or ISDN -- and other data services from Sprint to access MSCI's capabilities. The broadband ATM network will operate over optical fibers at speeds of 45 megabits per second to multiple gigabits per second and will be capable of sending voice, video, data and image over the same high-speed data lines simultaneously.
 "This represents the best of all worlds to our customers -- they can access the most advanced computing and mass storage resources in the world and use them as though they were located in their office," said John Sell, president of MSCI. "At the same time, they pay only for what they use and are not burdened with capital investment, massive support costs or risks of obsolescence. Most importantly, customers of the service are able to focus on their core business.
 "Progress has been made both in advanced high-speed networking and in the use and application of supercomputers, but the potential of the two combined has not been fully explored and tapped for commercial purposes -- until now," Sell said. "This agreement with Sprint immediately puts the power of cutting-edge broadband solutions on the desktops of customers."
 Sprint and MSCI also work together with more than a half dozen research organizations on a high-speed data network project known as MAGIC -- for Multidimensional Applications and Gigabit Internetwork Consortium, which is sponsored by the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency. The MAGIC project features the use of high- speed telecommunications in conjunction with supercomputers and smaller computers. The testbed network created by the project is designed to facilitate a variety of applications.
 With the MAGIC technology, people could sit at a computer and "tour" resort locations before making vacation plans, for example, or "walk" through an architect's building before the building is constructed. Similarly, military commanders will be able to use a planned MAGIC application to "fly," "drive" or "walk" over a battlefield.
 MSCI, based in Minneapolis, has been a leading provider of supercomputer services to the industrial, government and academic communities since 1982. The company operates one of the largest technical computing centers in the world.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, local telephone services to nearly 6 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular operations that serve 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural service areas.
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 /CONTACT: Janis Langley of Sprint, 202-828-7427, or home, 703-533-3322, or Bill Grant of MSCI, 303-979-3751/
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