SOURCE: Cray Inc

June 22, 2005 02:57 ET

Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute Selects Cray XD1 Supercomputer for Polar and Marine Research

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 22, 2005 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) has ordered a Cray XD1™ supercomputer.

AWI selected the Cray XD1 system to run advanced polar and marine research applications related to climate and environmental studies, including global circulation models, regional atmospheric models and others. The new Cray system has been installed and taken into production at AWI's facility in Bremerhaven.

"We have had strong success with our Cray T3E™ supercomputer and look forward to running parallelized ocean and sea-ice models on the new Cray XD1 system. Our historical collaboration with Cray has been very productive," said Professor Wolfgang Hiller, head of AWI's Scientific Computing Group.

"We are excited to extend our long-term relationship with AWI, one of Germany's premier research organizations and long-time Cray customer, and to provide AWI users with access to the latest Cray technology," said Ulla Thiel, vice president of Cray Europe. "Earth sciences is a particular focus of Cray and we are pleased to see AWI doing important research in climate modeling on new Cray platforms."

AWI is the latest German order for a Cray XD1 system since the economical new high-bandwidth supercomputer began shipping in November 2004. Other orders came from Helmut Schmidt University, Konrad-Zuse-Center Berlin (ZIB) and the Research Center Juelich.

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