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CSC Upgrades Cray Supercomputer To One of Europe’s Most Powerful

29.10.2008

SEATTLE, WA and ESPOO, FINLAND — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM: CRAY) and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd, today announced that CSC's Cray supercomputer has been upgraded to over 85 teraflops (trillions of floating point operations per second). This makes the new Cray XT5 system at CSC the most powerful academic supercomputer in the Nordic countries and one of the fastest supercomputers in Europe.

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Image: CSC's new supercomputer Cray XT4/XT5. Click to enlarge. (c) CSC

Later this year, a second upgrade funded under the EU's Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) initiative will boost the Cray system's peak performance to 100 teraflops. PRACE, which already includes 16 nations, enables European scientists and engineers to access world-class high performance computing resources. The 100-teraflops Cray supercomputer will take one-thousandth of a second to solve a problem that ESKO, the first Finnish academic computer, would have taken 50 years to solve a half century ago.

Nordic researchers will use the supercomputer to solve scientific and engineering problems in a wide range of fields including turbulence and climate change, energy research, materials science, and gene interactions and medical research.

"The first upgrade of the Cray supercomputer ensures that Finnish researchers and engineers will continue to have access to world-class computing resources. The second, PRACE upgrade confirms CSC’s strong position and influence in building European co-operation," said Kimmo Koski, managing director of CSC. "This powerful resource strengthens Finland's position as an attractive environment for world-class research."

"We are delighted that CSC Finland's user community and PRACE users will have access to Cray's newest supercomputer technology," said Ulla Thiel, vice president of Cray Europe. "As one of the most prominent supercomputing centers in Europe with a broad range of computational scientific disciplines, CSC is in an excellent position to maximize the advantages of our system in doing large scale capability computing in a production supercomputer environment and in solving the most demanding scientific problems."

CSC and Cray Inc. will arrange a workshop on porting and optimizing programs for the Cray XT4/XT5 architecture on November 3-6, 2008. For more information, go to http://www.csc.fi/english/csc/courses/archive/crayworkshop2008.

Additional information

CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd:
Janne Ignatius
+358 9 457 2224
janne..ignatiius@csc.fi

Cray Media:
Steve Conway
+1 651-592-7441
sttico@aol.com

Cray Investors:
Paul Hiemstra
206/701-2044
ir@cray.com

About CSC

CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd., is a non-profit limited company administered by the Finnish Ministry of Education. Having core competences in modeling, computing and information services, CSC provides versatile IT services, support and resources for academia, research institutes, and companies. CSC provides Finland’s widest selection of scientific software and databases and Finland’s most powerful supercomputers that researchers can use via the Funet network.

About Cray Inc.

As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced supercomputers and world-class services and support to government, industry and academia. Cray technology enables scientists and engineers to achieve remarkable breakthroughs by accelerating performance, improving efficiency and extending the capabilities of their most demanding applications. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision will result in innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to surpass today’s limitations and meeting the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above. Among these are the technical challenges of developing high-performance computing systems, including potential delays in hardware and software development projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to the targeted level of performance; reliance on third-party suppliers, including delays in availability of qualified parts from suppliers; and successful passing of acceptance tests. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" in Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

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