SOURCE: Cray Inc.

October 20, 2008 07:30 ET

Cray-KMA Joint Center Sponsors Third Round of Supercomputer-Driven Weather and Climate Research

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that the Earth System Research Center (ESRC), a cooperative venture between Cray and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), has funded a third round of projects that promise to benefit public welfare by improving weather, seasonal climate and natural disaster predictions, and by producing scientific information on climate change. The ESRC was established in 2005 to advance the science of earth-system modeling over the East-Asia Pacific region and to leverage the collective knowledge of academia, government and industry in Korea by promoting collaboration across these communities.

Researchers sponsored by ESRC will use the powerful Cray X1E supercomputer at KMA to pursue a variety of earth science studies. Announced projects include:

--  Development of advanced data assimilation methods by the PuKyong
    National University for use in the GME global model and COSMOS earth system
    model
    
--  Time-slice experiments of future climate scenarios using sea surface
    temperatures, to be conducted by the PuKyong National University
    
--  Development of an integrated wave, tidal and seismic wave model by
    Korea's National Institute for Meteorological Research
    
--  Development of a high-resolution global cloud resolving model by the
    Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)
    

"The third round of projects will continue to fulfill the ESRC's objective to advance the science of earth-system modeling for the East-Asia Pacific region, as well as promoting collaboration in the Korean academic community," said Dongil Lee, director, Numerical Prediction System Management Division at KMA. "The new studies that have recently been launched demonstrate the range and depth of the research efforts fostered by the KMA and Cray collaboration. Progress in the field of earth system modeling has become critical to the welfare of people and societies around the world."

"The continued success of the ESRC demonstrates the strength of the Korean research community and the productive relationship between KMA and Cray," said Per Nyberg, Cray's Earth Sciences Segment director. "This new round of studies conducted in Korea under the auspices of the ESRC is sure to result in important advances in weather forecasting, climate modeling and natural disaster prediction."

About the Korea Meteorological Administration

Established in 1949 as the Central Meteorological Office, KMA is a governmental organization dedicated to improving public welfare through the prevention and mitigation of meteorological disasters, by supporting government and business activities such as aeronautics that depend on accurate weather prediction, and by producing scientific information on climate change. KMA comprises the Forecast, Observation and Climate bureaus; the Planning and Information offices; METRI; aviation weather stations; five Regional Meteorological Offices with over 1200 employees; and 94 weather and observation stations. The organization collaborates with other entities engaged in meteorological research and prediction worldwide. Go to http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/index.jsp for more information.

About Cray Inc.

As the global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced supercomputing systems 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.

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