SOURCE: Cray Inc.

October 10, 2007 14:46 ET

Japan's Yokohama City University Selects Cray Supercomputer for Bioinformatics Research

Cray XT4™ Supercomputer to Aid Top Japanese Researchers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 10, 2007) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the selection of a Cray XT4 system by Japan's Yokohama City University. The Cray XT4 supercomputer will be housed at the University's Division of Structural Bioinformatics to aid two of Japan's most prominent academic researchers in their efforts to expand on the principle of three-dimensional structures and functions of biomolecules, proteins and nucleic acids.

"The new Cray XT4 system will accelerate analysis of genome function and evolution from protein solid structure information," said Professor Akinori Kidera of Yokohama City University. "Yokohama City University has a proud tradition of science and technology excellence and is fast becoming an international institution of higher education and research. This is a key step for the institution and the field of bioinformatics."

The Cray XT4 system is a massively parallel processor (MPP) system that provides unrivaled sustained performance by balancing performance between powerful processors, memory, interconnect, and IO. Both hardware and software are designed to scale to more than 120,000 processor cores and over one petaflops of peak performance.

"With enhanced performance and improved power efficiency, the Cray XT4 system will give these eminent researchers the computational power to solve even larger and increasingly complex problems," said Mamoru Nakano, president of Cray Japan. "Professor Akinori Kidera and Associate Professor Mitsunori Ikeguchi are two of Japan's foremost academic researchers and we value the opportunity to provide them with top technology to support their ground-breaking research efforts."

The Cray XT4 system for Yokohama City University contains dual-core AMD Opteron™ processors, over 4 teraflops of peak performance and 1.4 terabytes of main memory. Sumisho Computer System Corporation (SCS), a channel partner of Cray Japan, will integrate the system to be installed later this year.

About SCS

SCS provides one-stop IT services combining maximum business value with exceptional technical capabilities and global expansion capacity. For more information, visit the SCS Website at:

About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer

Building on the success of the Cray XT3™ system, the Cray XT4 is an MPP supercomputer purpose-built to deliver exceptional sustained application performance for challenging scientific and engineering problems. The supercomputer's high-speed 3D torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and high-speed global input/output make it possible for users to scale applications to more than 120,000 processor cores with exceptional sustained performance. The system's scalable processing element uses x86 64-bit AMD Opteron processors that employ HyperTransport™ technology to increase bandwidth and reduce latency. Go to for more information.

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 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; timing of and successful porting of application programs to new computing systems; 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.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XT4 and Cray XT3 are trademarks of Cray Inc., HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Contact Information