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Cray Inc.

June 20, 2016 12:35 ET

Cray Boosts Performance of Its Flagship Cray XC Supercomputers and High Performance Storage Systems

Cray® XC™ Supercomputers Now Available With New Intel® Xeon Phi™ Processor Family, Formerly Code Named "Knights Landing"; Cray Introduces the New Cray® Sonexion® 3000 Scale-Out Lustre Storage System

SEATTLE, WA and FRANKFURT, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2016) -  At the 2016 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today introduced new performance breakthroughs that will provide customers with the fastest Cray® XC™ supercomputers and Cray® Sonexion® storage systems to date.

The new Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor family, formerly code named "Knights Landing", is now available in the Cray XC series of supercomputers, offering peak performance of over half-a-petaflop per cabinet -- a 2X performance boost over previous generations. Cray also unveiled the new Cray Sonexion 3000 scale-out Lustre® storage system, which features capacity- and performance-optimized configurations. In a performance-optimized configuration, the Cray Sonexion system delivers nearly 100 gigabytes-per-second of performance in a single rack.

"Our customers are taking on increasingly complex computational problems that are expanding the boundaries of supercomputing and storage performance capabilities," said Ryan Waite, Cray's senior vice president of products. "We partner closely with our customers to understand their unique requirements and deliver new systems that deliver peak performance. For many of our customers, Intel Xeon Phi processors and Lustre parallel file systems are critical components of their supercomputing infrastructure. Our close collaboration with Intel helps to ensure our Intel Xeon Phi processor-based solutions scale to the most demanding performance requirements and our close partnership with Seagate helps scale Lustre to new levels of performance and stability."

The Cray XC supercomputer is an adaptive supercomputing system that supports different processing and storage technologies in the same architecture. It also features a fully-integrated software ecosystem that leverages Cray's vast expertise in many-core and multi-core computing environments. With the new Intel Xeon Phi processor, Cray XC customers can take advantage of the Cray Programming Environment to optimize applications for best performance and memory usage. The software stack in the Cray XC system also includes enhancements to help customers optimize code and best utilize the new high bandwidth memory integrated in the Intel Xeon Phi processor.

Cray is a leader in deploying supercomputers with the new Intel Xeon Phi processor, and several top supercomputing centers have already signed large contracts for Cray XC supercomputers with Intel's new processor. These early systems include the "Cori" system at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC); the "Trinity" system at the National Nuclear Security Administration; and the "Theta" system at the DOE's Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory.

"As a foundational element of the Intel® Scalable System Framework, the Intel Xeon Phi processor is optimized for scalability, compute parallelism, and memory bandwidth," said Charles Wuischpard, vice president Data Center Group, general manager of the High Performance Computing Platform Group, Intel. "Cray XC systems feature highly innovative supercomputing technologies, and we are excited that our collaboration with Cray continues to enable researchers and scientists to achieve breakthrough innovations and discoveries."

Designed to match increases in compute performance, the Cray Sonexion 3000 system builds on Cray's expertise in performance-engineered, parallel storage systems for supercomputing and big data analytics. Compared to conventional Lustre solutions, the Cray Sonexion 3000 system is designed to scale more efficiently, deliver up to 38 percent more real-world throughput per rack unit, and reduce total-cost-of-ownership by up to 25 percent. The new storage system is pre-integrated and fully tested, and Cray offers a single point of support for all hardware and software.

"Many organizations now need deep expertise to develop scalable, parallel applications that can extract the full value of high performance, scale-out storage and compute resources," said Nik Rouda, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group "Cray is closing the gap, bringing supercomputing capabilities to big data and analytics in the enterprise."

For more information on the Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems, please visit the Cray website at www.cray.com.

About Cray Inc.
Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers and big data storage and analytics solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to meet the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but not limited to, statements related to the performance of Cray systems utilizing the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, formerly code named "Knights Landing." These statements involve current expectations, forecasts of future events and other statements that are not historical facts. Inaccurate assumptions and known and unknown risks and uncertainties can affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements and cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual future events or results include, but are not limited to, the risk that the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, formerly code named "Knights Landing," are not available with the performance expected, including in larger-scale systems, or when or in the volumes expected, the risk that Cray is not able to successfully complete its planned product development efforts, including testing and debugging the new Intel Xeon Phi processor family incorporated into its Cray XC and other systems, in a timely fashion or at all, the risk that that the systems incorporating the new Intel Xeon Phi processors are not delivered and installed in a timely fashion or do not perform as expected, the risk that the acceptance process for systems incorporating the new Intel Xeon Phi processors are not completed, or customer acceptances for those systems are not received, when expected or at all and such other risks as identified in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this release. Cray undertakes no duty to publicly announce or report revisions to these statements as new information becomes available that may change the Company's expectations.

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