SOURCE: Cray Inc.

Cray Inc.

September 21, 2010 12:00 ET

Cray to Add NVIDIA GPUs to the Cray XE6 Supercomputer

SEATTLE, WA and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) -  At the 2010 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CA, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that it is developing blades based on the NVIDIA® Tesla™ 20-Series GPUs for the Cray XE6 product line. The combination of Cray's new Gemini system interconnect featured in the Cray XE6 system paired with NVIDIA GPUs will give Cray XE6 customers a powerful combination of scalability and production-quality GPU-based high performance computing (HPC) in a single system.

"We spend a significant amount of time meeting with our customers and talking about how we can build the most scalable HPC systems that blend industry-leading technologies designed to meet their supercomputing needs," said Barry Bolding, vice president of Cray's products division. "Our customers have expressed a growing interest in having accelerator technology in Cray systems, and we believe a Cray XE6 blade with NVIDIA GPUs will provide the performance, scalability, and reliability that a growing segment of our customer base is looking for. The use of GPUs as accelerators in the HPC marketplace is maturing, and we are excited to be working with NVIDIA to offer this functionality to our customers."

With this future addition, Cray will be able to offer its customers a full range of accelerator solutions for HPC -- from the deskside to the supercomputer. The Cray CX line of deskside and midrange systems, including the Cray CX1 and Cray CX1000 systems, are currently available with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs.

Cray and NVIDIA continue to work together on the development of future GPU accelerator technologies in HPC as a potential path towards exascale computing. Cray is partnering with NVIDIA on a team that was recently awarded a $25 million research grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of its Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) program.

"The Cray XE6 is designed to solve the system challenges of petascale computing just as Tesla GPUs are providing the computational power efficiency to bring this level of computing to the larger HPC community," said Andy Keane, general manager, Tesla business at NVIDIA. "Cray's planned Tesla GPU-based system will be a powerful combination of technologies that will provide the highest level of performance and scalability for power efficient supercomputing."

About the Cray XE6 Supercomputer
Launched in May 2010, the Cray XE6 supercomputer features Cray's new Gemini system interconnect and is designed to bring production petascale computing to a new and expanded base of high performance computing users. Fully upgradeable from the Cray XT5 and Cray XT6 line of supercomputers, the Cray XE6 system delivers improved network performance and features additional enhancements such as improved network resiliency, a mature and scalable software environment and the ability to run a broad array of ISV applications with the latest version of the Cray Linux Environment. This collection of industry-leading features provides Cray XE6 users with a supercomputing system that combines true scalable performance with production reliability.

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 is designed to enable 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 is focused on delivering 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.

Safe Harbor Statement
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 its product development plans, including the planned availability of NVIDIA GPU blades for its Cray XE6 system, the sales prospects of Cray XE6 systems with NVIDIA GPU blades and the ability of Cray XE6 systems with NVIDIA GPU blades to perform as expected. 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 Cray is not able to successfully complete its planned product development efforts related to NVIDIA GPU blades for the Cray XE6 system or to ship the NVIDIA GPU blades for the Cray XE6 system when expected or at all, the risk that Cray XE6 systems with NVIDIA GPU blades do not perform as expected or as required by customers, the risk that Cray will not be able to sell Cray XE6 systems with NVIDIA GPU blades as expected and such other risks as identified in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, 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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