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UCL ORDERS FIRST CONVEX META SERIES HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTER

 UCL ORDERS FIRST CONVEX META SERIES HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTER
 RICHARDSON, Texas, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX) announced today that the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, is the first organization to order a Convex Meta Series high-performance computer, a cluster that links a Convex compute server with Hewlett-Packard Company's PA-RISC processing nodes.
 The Meta Series couples the large, shared memory, vector/parallel architecture, and fast I/O that is characteristic of Convex C Series systems with the high scalar performance of PA-RISC. "The Meta Series is an ideal solution to meet the computationally intensive application needs of the UCL and to help users experiment with new parallel techniques," said Steven J. Wallach, Convex's senior vice president of technology. "The Meta Series, combined with the cluster-specific parallel software tools, provides an introductory platform for scalable algorithm and application development that will be employed on future Convex MPP systems."
 "The transition to parallel computing is an exciting challenge for the university," said Paul Rouxhet, Pro-Rector and chairman of the Computer Advisory Board at the UCL. "Of the endless possibilities offered by scalable computing, some obvious applications include flow simulation, materials processing, ab initio prediction of the electric and thermal properties of solids, and numerical coding of images."
 Rouxhet added that other users will investigate the properties of matter at the molecular scale, as well as chemical reactions and radiation interaction. "Exploring planetary problems such as understanding the greenhouse effect and simulating climate variations will also be undertaken, along with countless other endeavors."
 "Convex provides a well-balanced combination of a classical compute server with significant scalar and vector performance, and a cluster of fast microprocessors that is scalable and can be exploited in both sequential and parallel modes," said Roland Keunings, professor of applied mechanics and a member of the Computer Advisory Board at the UCL. "This configuration will enable the UCL scientists, whether they are beginners or experts, to perform intensive computational work in the classical mono-processor mode, and to explore parallel computing methodologies in a growing number of scientific fields."
 As part of the agreement, the UCL is a founding member of the Scalable Computing Working Group (SCWG), an independent organization of scientists and engineers from industry, academia, and research. The SCWG, formed by Convex, meets every three months to advance scalable algorithm and application development.
 "Active participation of both Convex and the UCL as partners in the SCWG is an important component of the agreement," said Keunings. "Sharing up-to-date information on both hardware and software MPP developments as well as developing scalable algorithms in the application fields of interest to the partners is a vital resource. The UCL scientists look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Convex and the other partners in the framework of the SCWG."
 "The UCL, a leading intellectual center in Europe for centuries, could not miss the challenge of offering its scientists innovative ways to use computer simulation in their research," said Bruno Paternostre, director of the computer services and a member of the Computer Advisory Board at the UCL. "A central skilled team will manage the project by organizing the sharing of computing resources, providing training sessions, and offering a help desk function and real time assistance. Our objective is that no technical problem should prevent a UCL scientist from efficiently using the Convex Meta Series," he added.
 Founded in 1425, the UCL has an illustrious history, boasting of former students such as the theologian Erasmus, the anatomist Vesalius, the geographer Mercator, the philosopher Mercier, and the physicist Lemaitre. The UCL, which produces half of Belgium's French-speaking university graduates, devotes a major part of its resources to the teaching of 20,000 students in 10 faculties spread across three main sectors. An exceptional variety of courses are offered by the UCL with some 350 different programs. More than 20 percent of its students are foreign and come from over 100 different countries. The cultural mix which results from this is often a source of exchange, research, or study which constitutes the links in a rich network of international relations.
 Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering, and technical users for a wide variety of applications in areas such as seismic processing, reservoir simulation, computational chemistry, computer-aided engineering, image processing, aerospace simulations, and molecular biology. Convex is a member of the Precision Risc Organization (PRO), an association of industry-leading companies that promote the use of HP's PA-RISC technology. Convex, which is listed on the NYSE with the symbol CNX, has sold more than 1,100 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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