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THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AWARDS A CONTRACT FOR C3860 SUPERCOMPUTER TO CONVEX

TO: BUSINESS EDITOR;
 THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AWARDS A CONTRACT FOR C3860
 SUPERCOMPUTER TO CONVEX
 RICHARDSON, Texas, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Republic of Slovenia has awarded a three-year multi-system contract to Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX). This contract provides for a Convex C3860 supercomputer, purchased by the Ministry of Science and Technology, to be installed at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. Convex will also deliver a C3220 system to the University of Maribor in Slovenia. The supercomputers will be used for increased computer research and development efforts in science and technology for the newly independent country. The agreement also includes delivery of two additional Convex systems in the next two years.
 "Slovenia is the most politically stable and economically prosperous of all the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe," said Dr. Peter Tancig, Slovenia's Minister of Science and Technology. "Our goal is to continue to strengthen our economy by developing more knowledge- intensive industries aimed at technologically demanding market niches."
 According to Tancig, the Convex supercomputers will provide essential research and development support for the Republic's existing technologies and future endeavors. "The systems will be used to support a wide area of research and development activities throughout the country such as computer-aided engineering for automotive parts design and manufacturing, computational chemistry applications for pharmaceutical companies and industrial chemicals studies, and environmental applications for the design of water turbines," he continued. "In addition to the research being done for industrial purposes, the Convex supercomputers will be used for advanced research by scientists in theoretical and high energy physics, computational chemistry, molecular biology, image processing, and environmental modeling."
 The C3860 supercomputer to be installed at the Jozef Stefan Institute, pending export license approval, is an upgrade from a Convex C220 system that was installed in 1989. "The advent of mini- supercomputers was essential to the development of our local high- performance computing capabilities," said Vladimir Alkalaj, the head of the Computer Centre at the Jozef Stefan Institute. "With the acquisition of the first Convex system, our scientists gained locally available and affordable computational resources for computer-supported research and development."
 The six-processor C3860 system is one of the fastest and most powerful supercomputers in Convex's C3 Series. The C3800 family features up to eight processors, two gigaflops of peak performance, and four gigabytes of physical memory. The C3800 is the first supercomputer to be fully implemented with gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technology. All C3 Series systems are both compact and air-cooled, requiring no expensive special facilities or exotic cooling technologies and lowering the cost of ownership. Priced from $300,000 to $8 million, all systems are upward and downward binary compatible.
 The C3220, which will be installed at the University of Maribor, will be used exclusively by students and scientists of the university for educational and basic research purposes in computational fluid dynamics, astrophysics and theoretical mechanics.
 "Convex supports Slovenia's efforts to strengthen its economy by taking advantage of Western technology such as high-performance computing," said Robert J. Paluck, Convex chairman, president and chief executive officer. "As the country improves its capabilities, Convex systems will play an important role in ensuring its future growth and global competitiveness."
 The Slovenian contract is the first sale by Convex's recently established European multi-country region that focuses on Southern and Eastern European markets. Headed by Helmut Muehl-Kuehner, the region includes the countries of Italy, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, the Middle East and those of former East Europe and the Soviet Union. Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering and technical users throughout the world for a wide variety of applications in such areas as seismic processing, reservoir simulation, computational chemistry, computer-aided engineering, image processing, aerospace simulations and molecular biology. Convex, which is listed on the NYSE with the symbol CNX, has sold more than 1,050 systems to nearly 600 customers in 44 countries. The systems are sold and serviced through direct sales and an extensive distribution network.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Burke, 214-497-4230 or Alison Peoples, 214-497-4226, both of Convex Computer Corporation/
 (CNX) CO: Convex Computer Corporation ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: CON


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