Cray Awarded $39 Million Supercomputer Contract From the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN)

Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:05pm EST

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SEATTLE, WA, Dec 17 (Marketwire) -- 
Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the
Company has been awarded a $39 million contract from the North-German
Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) to deliver a distributed Cray XC30
supercomputing system, which will be operated at two sites -- the Zuse
Institute Berlin (ZIB) and the High Performance Computing Center (RRZN)
at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany. 

    HLRN is an alliance amongst seven states in Northern Germany -- Berlin,
Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, and
Schleswig-Holstein -- that have combined resources and secured funding
from the state governments and the German federal government to acquire
the new Cray XC30 systems.

    The HLRN sites in Berlin and Hannover plan to operate the Cray XC30
supercomputers as one combined system, providing universities and
research centers in the northern states of Germany with a powerful
petascale computing resource. Named "HLRN-III," the Cray XC30
supercomputing system will support advanced scientific research in a wide
range of fields, including environmental research, climate and ocean
modeling, physics, chemistry, bio-informatics, engineering, and fluid
dynamics. 

    "Researchers in Northern Germany will soon benefit from a significant
increase in computing power as a result of procuring the new HLRN-III
system from Cray," said Prof. Dr. Thomas Rung, head of the Scientific
Board of the HLRN. "The Cray XC30 offers a flexible computing
architecture that will fulfill our need for advanced supercomputing
technologies now and into the future. This is an exciting moment for the
scientific community across the northern states of Germany."

    "We are very excited that HLRN has turned to Cray to provide their
researchers and scientists with an innovative supercomputing system that
is designed to deliver breakthrough science with superior performance and
scalability," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray vice president, Europe. "With
these large installations in Berlin and Hannover, Cray continues to
strengthen its presence internationally and expand its coverage across
the European HPC landscape."

    Previously code-named "Cascade," the Cray XC30 supercomputer is Cray's
most advanced high performance computing (HPC) system and is engineered
to meet the performance challenges of HPC users. The Cray XC30
supercomputer features the new HPC-optimized Aries system interconnect; a
new Dragonfly topology that frees applications from locality constraints;
an innovative cooling system that utilizes a transverse airflow to lower
customers' total cost of ownership; the next-generation of the scalable,
high performance Cray Linux Environment that also supports a wide range
of ISV applications; Cray's HPC optimized programming environment; and
the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types including the
Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors -- a first for Cray's high-end systems.

    Consisting of products and services, the multi-year, multi-phase contract
is valued at more than $39 million, and a vast majority of the system is
expected to be delivered and put into production in 2013. As part of this
contract, the HLRN-III system will also include a Cray storage solution,
which will incorporate products from DDN and Hitachi Data Systems.

    About HLRN
 The North-German Supercomputing Alliance (Norddeutscher
Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen - HLRN) is a
joint project of the seven North-German states of Berlin, Brandenburg,
Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, and
Schleswig-Holstein, and was established in 2001. The HLRN alliance
jointly operates a distributed supercomputer system hosted at Zuse
Institute Berlin (ZIB) and at Regionales Rechenzentrum für
Niedersachen (RRZN) at Leibniz University Hannover.

    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.

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not limited to, statements related to Cray's ability to deliver the
system required by HLRN when required and that meets HLRN's needs. These
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could affect actual future events or results include, but are not limited
to, the risk that the system required by HLRN is not delivered in a
timely fashion or does not perform as expected and such other risks as
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