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WESTERN GEOPHYSICAL INSTALLS A CONVEX C3420 SUPERCOMPUTER FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

 WESTERN GEOPHYSICAL INSTALLS A CONVEX C3420
 SUPERCOMPUTER FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
 RICHARDSON, Texas, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Geophysical, a division of Western Atlas, Houston, has installed a Convex (NYSE: CNX) C3420 supercomputer for continued development and support of the company's Omega (TM) Seismic Processing System (SPS).
 The Omega SPS, available on Convex C3 Series supercomputers, is a new generation seismic processing system capable of both interactive and batch processing. This software incorporates the latest developments in interface design, networked and distributed data processing, and data integration.
 "Western's seismic processing software is being used worldwide to process data from marine, land, and shallow-water prospects, from the simplest 2-D lines to the largest 3-D surveys," said Juan B. Vallhonrat, general manager of geophysical software development at Western. "Since Western is a major geophysical contractor, we must develop innovative processing techniques to maintain a competitive edge for our own and our clients' processing centers. The installation of a high-performance Convex C3420 helps us maintain this edge and demonstrates our long-term commitment to research and development and software support."
 According to Jerry Coble, Convex's worldwide petroleum sales manager, one of Convex's strongest assets in the exploration industry is the relationship formed with a wide variety of technology partners such as Western Geophysical. "These partners provide a wealth of software solutions and industry expertise to aid the exploration professional. As a result, Convex, with its unmatched customer base of more than 140 systems installed in 29 countries, is the leading supplier of supercomputers to the petroleum industry."
 The C3420 installed at Western is part of Convex's C3 Series of supercomputers consisting of three distinct families of products: the high-end C3800 family, the departmental C3400 family, and the low-cost C3200 family. This Series features up to eight processors, two gigaflops of peak performance, and four gigabytes of physical memory. All systems are both compact and air-cooled, requiring no expensive special facilities or exotic cooling technologies and lowering the cost of ownership. All Convex systems are upward and downward binary compatible and are priced from $225,000 to $8 million.
 Western Atlas, a majority-owned Litton Industries subsidiary, is a leader in worldwide high-technology oilfield services, including seismic surveying, well logging, core and fluid analysis, and integrated software for reservoir description.
 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 simulation, 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 services through direct sales and an extensive distribution network.
 NOTE: Omega is a trademark of Western Geophysical.
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 /CONTACT: Alison Peoples, 214-497-4226, or Ebb Pye, 713-974-1300, both of Convex/
 (CNX) CO: Convex Computer Corporation; Western Atlas ST: Texas IN: CPR SU:


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