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Cray Inc.

March 02, 2010 07:30 ET

Cray's Custom Engineering Group to Work With Microsoft Research on Cloud Computing

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced its custom engineering group will work with Microsoft Research to explore and prototype a system that could provide a glimpse into the future of cloud computing infrastructure. The initiative represents the custom engineering group's first breakthrough into the commercial market.

The objective of the technology development initiative is to design a supercomputing architecture that dramatically lowers the total cost of ownership for cloud computing data centers. Cray's custom engineering group will design a system infrastructure that combines super efficient power delivery, high-density packaging and innovative cooling technologies. This solution is intended to significantly reduce facility, power and hardware costs.

"This is an ideal project for our custom engineering group as it allows us to leverage our company's intellectual property in system design and, most specifically, packaging and system infrastructure," said Chuck Morreale, Cray's vice president of custom engineering. "In addition to being an important opportunity for Cray, the results of the project have the potential to deliver significant cost savings for operating a cloud computing data center. We are excited to be working with Microsoft, and we are eager to apply our proven, industry-leading expertise to this project."

"Our goal is to work with partners such as Cray to accelerate changes in system designs for next-generation data centers," said Christian Belady, Director of Hardware Architecture in Microsoft's Extreme Computing Group. "Ultimately, our mission is to dramatically reduce total cost of ownership while significantly boosting performance."

Cray's custom engineering group delivers "technology-led" professional services. The group designs and delivers customized computing, data management and consulting solutions developed specifically to fit the individual needs of the customer. Cray is an innovation-driven company, and the custom engineering group provides customers with the ability to leverage Cray's research and development expertise and more than 25 years of broad supercomputing experience to develop unique solutions when currently available technology will not achieve a customer's requirements.

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 for more information.

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