SOURCE: Cray Inc.

November 12, 2007 07:25 ET

Star-P Brings Interactive Discovery to Cray Supercomputer Users

Cray to Offer Star-P on Its Powerful Cray XT™ Product Line

WALTHAM, MA and SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Interactive Supercomputing Inc. (ISC) today announced a partnership that brings a new level of interactivity to Cray's supercomputing customers. As an Interactive Supercomputing system partner, Cray will now offer the Star-P open-parallel computing software platform on its powerful Cray XT4™ and Cray XT5™ massively parallel processor (MPP), Linux-based supercomputers.

The partnership will enable Cray users for the first time to transform their Windows or Linux desktop applications into extreme-scale parallel server applications that generate and analyze massive data sets. Customers can now explore these massive data sets in an interactive computing environment while gaining the benefit of the high sustained compute performance that Cray XT™ systems embody, yielding huge productivity gains and faster time-to-discovery. This important partnership will allow a host of new users in life sciences, government, financial services and other computing-intensive industries to tap the power and scalability of Cray systems.

Star-P enables scientists, engineers and analysts make Cray supercomputers a seamless extension of their desktop computers without the need to recode in C, C++ or Fortran, which require complex low-level parallel programming constructs such as MPI or OpenMP. Instead, they can code algorithms and models on their desktops using popular desktop tools like MATLAB®, Python, and R, running them instantly and interactively on Cray XT systems. Star-P's interactive environment provides continual feedback and refinement of algorithms and models, resulting in applications developed in days, not months or years.

"This partnership extends the value of Cray systems far beyond our traditional community of users and brings a level of interactive discovery to Cray's customers that wasn't possible before," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "Eliminating the need for expert coding skills, Star-P is the perfect programming front-end for this effort. It enables a much larger set of users to quickly and productively take advantage of the world's most scalable supercomputers, adding to the value customers get from Cray systems."

According to Ricky Kendall, scientific computing group leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Center for Computational Sciences, "The Star-P software suite will afford us a mechanism for rapid prototyping of parallel algorithms both via the MATLAB and Python interfaces as well as an efficient environment for robust data analysis."

Star-P will also help customers take advantage of Cray's XT5h™ hybrid supercomputer. Hybrid supercomputing combines multiple processing technologies such as standard microprocessors, vector processing, and hardware accelerators in a single high-performance, Linux-based operating environment. By adapting different parts of an application to the best-suited processing resource, users are able to maximize application efficiency and speed time to solution.

"Cray designs and delivers the world's most powerful computers -- systems used extensively in large data centers supporting the batch job demands of capability and capacity computing," said Bill Blake, CEO of ISC. "Imagine what could happen in the science and engineering worlds if these powerful machines could suddenly be used for interactive discovery with the same ease of use as the typical desktop computer. Star-P support for Cray XT systems makes that idea a reality."

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 enables 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 will result in 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.

About Interactive Supercomputing

Interactive Supercomputing (ISC) launched in 2004 to commercialize Star-P, an interactive parallel computing platform. With automatic parallelization and interactive execution of existing desktop simulation applications, Star-P merges two previously distinct environments -- desktop computers and high performance servers -- into one. Based in Waltham, Mass., the privately held company markets Star-P for a range of biomedical, financial, and government laboratory research applications.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XT, Cray XT4, Cray XT5 and Cray XT5h are trademarks of Cray Inc. Star-P is a registered trademark of Interactive Supercomputing Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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