SOURCE: Cray Inc.

September 28, 2005 07:30 ET

Cray Teams With DSPlogic to Simplify High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing

SEATTLE, WA and GERMANTOWN, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 28, 2005 --Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that it is collaborating with DSPlogic, Inc. of Germantown, MD, to simplify the process of accelerating high-performance computing (HPC) applications using the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) capabilities of the Cray XD1™ supercomputer. DSPlogic's Rapid Reconfigurable Development Kit includes a development environment that provides a fast and easy way for scientists and programmers to take advantage of the reconfigurable computing features of the Cray XD1 supercomputer without learning a new programming language or becoming experts in FPGA technology.

The FPGA devices tightly integrated into the Cray XD1 system accelerate applications by acting like high-speed, specialized co-processors. Running special subroutines that speed up parts of the application's code, the FPGAs can dramatically increase the speed of engineering and scientific applications such as biotechnology, cryptography, financial modeling and other compute-intensive areas of study. Because FPGAs are also reconfigurable, they can be easily reprogrammed and optimized for each application using tools such as those offered by DSPlogic.

DSPlogic's Rapid Reconfigurable Computing Development Kit, based on the popular MATLAB® and Simulink® scientific computing platforms, provides a graphical development environment that hides the intricacies of FPGA implementation and allows users to focus on programming their applications. A large library of optimized functions provides rapid implementation, crucial high-speed communications, and efficient use of reconfigurable resources for maximum application speed-up. In addition, the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) accelerator is a new turnkey solution that uses the FPGAs to provide up to a 10x speed-up for the FFT algorithm running on the Cray XD1 supercomputer.

"In the past, the benefits of FPGAs have been limited to a group of highly specialized engineers. The DSPlogic Rapid Reconfigurable Computing Development Kit makes it easy for all scientists and programmers to take full advantage of the benefits of reconfigurable computing," said Mike Babst, president of DSPlogic. "We are very pleased to be working with Cray and the Cray XD1 supercomputer. As our first supported reconfigurable system, the Cray XD1 system has proved to be an excellent platform to showcase the capabilities of our new product."

"We are happy to be working with DSPlogic to bring simpler reconfigurable computing to our customers," said Amar Shan, product manager for the Cray XD1 system. "The Cray XD1 supercomputer was designed from the outset to maximize FPGA operation by linking the FPGAs to the system's high-bandwidth interconnect instead of through low bandwidth PCI adapters found on most other systems. DSPlogic's products let users who may not be well versed in VHDL or other hardware-oriented development tools take advantage of this application acceleration feature through an easy to use development toolset or simple plug-in library."

For information about the availability of DSPlogic's Rapid Reconfigurable Computing Development Kit and the FFT Accelerator Library for the Cray XD1 supercomputer, contact Cray at or DSPlogic at

About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer

The Cray XD1 supercomputer combines direct-connect system architecture, HPC-optimized Linux, management and reconfigurable computing technologies to deliver exceptional performance on real-world applications. Purpose-built for demanding HPC applications such as computational chemistry, environmental forecasting and computer-aided engineering, the Cray XD1 system lets users simulate, analyze and solve complex problems more quickly and accurately. The x86-based Cray XD1 system supports a broad range of 32- and 64-bit HPC applications on AMD Opteron™ single- or dual-core processors. The Cray XD1 system also provides application acceleration capabilities using FPGA technology tightly connected to the direct-connect structure.

About Cray Inc.

As the global leader in HPC, Cray provides innovative supercomputing systems that enable scientists and engineers in government, industry and academia to meet both existing and future computational challenges. Building on years of experience in designing, developing, marketing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC systems that deliver unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range of applications. Go to for more information.

About DSPlogic, Inc.

DSPlogic is a leading provider of high-quality, FPGA-based, reconfigurable computing and signal processing products and services. DSPlogic's set of algorithm-to-FPGA design tools helps customers rapidly develop verified algorithm implementations using today's leading FPGA platforms. DSPlogic serves organizations ranging from small start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies, to U.S. government agencies. 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. These include the technical challenges of developing high-performance computing systems, the successful porting of application programs to Cray computer systems, reliance on third-party suppliers and Cray's ability to keep up with rapid technological change. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XD1 is a trademark, of Cray Inc. DSPlogic is a trademark of DSPlogic, Inc. AMD, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

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