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THINKING MACHINES ANNOUNCES COMBINED SUPERCOMPUTER AND FILE SERVER FOR UNDER $1 MILLION

 THINKING MACHINES ANNOUNCES COMBINED SUPERCOMPUTER
 AND FILE SERVER FOR UNDER $1 MILLION
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Thinking Machines Corporation today introduced the lowest-cost members of its CM-5 line of scalable supercomputers. The new CM-5 Scale 3 systems combine peak processing capacity of up to 4 GFlops with integrated multi-GBytes file storage, all operating under control of the CMOST Unix operating system. Prices of the Scale 3 systems start at $750,000. First deliveries occurred in September. Initial installations include Columbia University in New York and Bergische Universitat in Germany.
 In discussing the new product, vice president of operations Richard Clayton emphasized its role in the company's overall Desktops-to- TeraOps(tm) computing strategy. "We make these systems out of the same high volume parts that we use to make desktop workstations and TeraOps supercomputers. It's a consistent product strategy from top to bottom," he said.
 Internally, the system consists of up to 32 of the company's 128 MFlops parallel processing nodes and multiple 9.6 GByte disk storage nodes all intercommunicating on the same high bandwidth network and running the full set of Connection Machine software developed for the company's larger Scale 4, Scale 5, Scale 6 and Scale 7 systems. "Having processing nodes and disk storage nodes operating as peers on the same network is another industry first for Thinking Machines," said Dr. John Mucci, the company's vice president of research and marketing. "Computer science customers are particularly keen to combine processing and file access more tightly. This opens up new opportunities and new algorithms."
 Both the processing nodes and the disk storage nodes are housed in a striking new cabinet designed by architect Maya Lin, whose architectural credits include the United States Vietnam Memorial.
 Thinking Machines Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer of highly parallel supercomputers and the leader in the new Desktops-to- TeraOps computing paradigm. Desktops-to-TeraOps computing uses the same high-volume components to make the world's largest computers that are also used to make the smallest. Its CM-5 system is the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the company has offices around the world. Thinking Machines is privately held.
 NOTE: Connection Machine is a registered trademark of Thinking Machines Corporation. Desktops-to-TeraOps and CM-5 are trademarks of Thinking Machines Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Glenda Cudaback of Cudaback Strategic Communications, 617-234-5096, for Thinking Machines Corporation/ CO: Thinking Machines Corporation ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: PDT


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