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Western Australian Supercomputer Program Chooses a Cray XT3 Massively Parallel System to Power Advanced Research

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that the University of Western Australia will install a Cray XT3™ system as part of the Western Australia Supercomputing Program (WASP). Among the research activities planned for the new supercomputer are major large-scale computational studies and simulations in the areas of geophysics, chemistry, astrophysics, biology, rock mechanics, genetic epidemiology, physics and quantum mechanics, and water research.

WASP's charter is to integrate large-scale information from different disciplines and multiple spatial and temporal scales, enabling the cross-fertilization of algorithms and integration of common computational techniques in order to advance science in a number of fields. The Cray XT3 system was funded in part through a grant from the Australian Research Council under its Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities program.

"The advanced research and scientific modeling that the Cray XT3 supercomputer can support represents modern science at its optimum," said Assistant Professor Karen Haines, WASP director. "The Cray XT3 system will give us the computational power needed to accomplish the analysis and modeling calculations for these models. The installation of the supercomputer is an essential precursor to the type of facilities that we envision will be necessary to handle the enormous computing demands of the major science projects planned for Western Australia over the next decade, such as the Australia Telescope National Facility Extended New Technology Demonstrator (xNTD) program that will be conducted under the auspices of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation."

"We are excited to have been selected by the University as a partner in the WASP program, helping users develop the skills required to carry out leadership-class computational simulations," said Cray President and CEO Peter Ungaro. "Research and academic institutions worldwide are taking advantage of the balanced processing, communications power and exceptional scalability of the Cray XT3 supercomputer to enable breakthroughs in a number of important scientific and engineering fields."

About the Cray XT3 Supercomputer

The Cray XT3 supercomputer is the third-generation massively parallel system from Cray. Purpose-built to deliver exceptional sustained application performance for challenging scientific and engineering problems, the Cray XT3 system has set new performance records for systems equipped with standard-based processors. The supercomputer's high-speed 3D torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and high-speed global input/output make it possible for users to scale applications from 200 to more than 30,000 processors without performance loss. The system's scalable processing element uses x86 64-bit
AMD Opteron single or dual-core processors that employ HyperTransport™ technology to increase bandwidth and reduce latency. The Cray XT3 supercomputer was named 2005 Product of the Year by Scientific Computing & Instrumentation. Go to for more information.

About the Western Australia Supercomputing Program

WASP provides access to massively parallel supercomputing for the purpose of developing simulation expertise and enabling advances in scientific research that are computationally intensive. WASP complements the existing facilities of the Interactive Virtual Environments Centre (iVEC), an unincorporated joint venture with Curtin University, Murdoch University, the University of Western Australia, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Australia's Central Technical and Further Education (TAFE). Because iVEC represents the Western Australia Partnership with the Australian Partnership in Advanced Computing (APAC), WASP furthers collaborative opportunities with all the APAC partners throughout Australia.

About Cray Inc.

As the global leader in high-performance computing (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 for more information.
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