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Cray Inc.

August 27, 2009 07:30 ET

Cray Acquires PathScale Compiler Suite Assets From SiCortex

Supercomputer Leader Will Leverage Intellectual Property and Provide a Path Forward for PathScale Customers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2009) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced it has acquired the PathScale Compiler Suite assets from SiCortex. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cray plans to leverage some of the PathScale intellectual property to enhance Cray's own compiler offerings over time. The company will contribute other parts of the PathScale intellectual property to the open source community through an alliance with, an organization of compiler engineers with strong open source ties. will continue developing the PathScale Compiler Suite, provide support for users of the software and will rebrand the effort under the original PathScale name.

"Our main goal for this acquisition was to provide clear direction for those Cray customers who want to continue using the PathScale Compiler Suite on Cray supercomputers," said Peter Ungaro, Cray president and CEO. "We believe turning the PathScale compiler's future development and customer support over to a new and similar PathScale organization accomplishes our goal, as it provides a path forward for PathScale compiler users and helps ensure that the software will have a robust, open source HPC community around it. We also expect our own world-class compiler to benefit from some of the PathScale technology. This is another indicative example of our strategy to acquire the key technology components necessary to building a productive, high performance user environment on our supercomputers."

"I cannot express enough gratitude to Cray in helping rebuild PathScale and giving us this opportunity for the future," said Christopher Bergström, PathScale's new CTO. "Our vision ahead is bright and optimistic with a focus to continue our position as one of the highest performing HPC compilers in the industry. As a new member of the PathScale team I intend to lead the way in building a strong open source community for PathScale. We believe our solid commitment to open source will enable the community to thrive by facilitating collaboration, sharing of knowledge, innovation and research."

"PathScale's EKO compiler suite has been a popular choice in the HPC community since 2004," said PathScale Engineering Director Fred Chow. "Our performance stands out amongst the competition and we continue to raise the standard for the industry. We thank Cray for supporting PathScale and for fulfilling the engineers' wishes to continue their work. The new PathScale will focus on improving product delivery, quality of support, and porting to new platforms to substantially expand our impact in the open source community. We will also focus not only on benchmark results, but collaboration with important open source projects and helping developers tune for performance."

Cray supports three compiler options for the Cray XT™ line of supercomputers: The Portland Group's PGI Server Fortran/C/C++ Compilers and Tools for Linux; the PathScale Compiler Suite, which includes high-performance 64-bit C, C++ and Fortran compilers for Linux-based environments; and the Cray Compiler Environment (CCE). The Portland Group continues to be the primary compiler partner for Cray systems, with both PathScale and CCE providing a more comprehensive user environment where required.

Migration paths will be available for all Cray customers, who can contact their Cray representative for additional information. Non-Cray customers who use the PathScale compiler should contact the new PathScale organization directly at

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