SOURCE: Cray Inc.

April 18, 2005 07:10 ET

Software Cradle Selects the Cray XD1 Supercomputer as Best Platform for Product Development and Consulting

Cray XD1 System Attains Top Benchmarks When Running SC/Tetra CFD Code

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2005 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that Software Cradle Co. Ltd., a prominent Japanese computational fluid dynamics (CFD) application developer, has chosen the Cray XD1™ supercomputer as the company's platform for software development and consulting. Software Cradle's Cray XD1 installation consists of six chassis and 72 AMD Opteron™ processors. The firm selected the Cray XD1 supercomputer after a test system achieved excellent competitive benchmark results when running Software Cradle's SC/Tetra software. (Information about SC/Tetra is available at www.sctetra.com.)

For example, in a benchmark test designed to measure turnaround time, a 16-processor Cray XD1 system running SC/Tetra completed a complex problem two times faster than a similarly configured 3.6-GHz Xenon cluster. When more processors were added to assess the systems' scalability, Cray XD1 performance held steady at up to 64 processors, while the performance of the Xenon cluster dropped off rapidly.

"Our tests indicate that the Cray XD1 supercomputer will help Software Cradle fulfill our objective of giving engineers quick, precise solutions to CFD problems, while also providing exceptional ease of use," said Ichiro Komada, CEO of Software Cradle. "With its high-performance interconnect technology and high-density packaging, the Cray XD1 system will improve the productivity of our development team and enable us to demonstrate the full potential of SC/Tetra code to our customers. The potent combination of Cray hardware and Software Cradle application code sets a new standard for price/performance in the CFD world."

"This endorsement from a major CFD software company confirms yet again that the Cray XD1 supercomputer's exceptional interconnect technology and ability to scale efficiently to high processor counts makes it a premier choice for leading-edge engineering groups that need to support demanding computer-aided engineering (CAE) software," said Mamoru Nakano, president, Cray Japan. "The Cray XD1 system continues to excel at benchmark tests that measure the performance of CAE codes on various computing platforms. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Software Cradle as they serve their loyal customer base and expand into new markets."

About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer

The Cray XD1 supercomputer combines direct-connect system architecture, high-performance computing (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 CAE, 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.

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 www.cray.com for more information.

About Software Cradle Co. Ltd.

Established in 1984 and headquartered in Osaka, Japan, Software Cradle develops and markets the SC/Tetra multipurpose CFD application and a suite of other CFD-related software. The company's products are employed by engineers in the automotive, electronics, heating/air conditioning, turbomachinery and other industries. Go to www.cradle.co.jp/eindex.htm 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 successful porting of application programs to the Cray XD1 system, the successful passing of acceptance tests and reliance on third-party suppliers. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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