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Cray Launches New Channel Partner Program Targeting Mid-Market Supercomputer Users

HPC Specialists Worldwide Are Committing to the Cray XD1 Supercomputer


To meet the increasing demand among engineers and researchers throughout the world for affordable high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, global supercomputer leader
Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) announced today that it has launched a Channel Partner Program devoted to marketing and supporting the innovative Opteron/Linux-based Cray XD1 supercomputer. The program already includes firms that have gained distinction in HPC markets across Europe, Asia and North America.

"
Cray's rich supercomputing heritage, together with the unparalleled price/performance provided by our new Cray XD1 system, will give our partners a compelling product offering in the HPC mid-market sector," said Steven Joachims, Cray vice president for business development. "Cray is committed to building a well-trained and proficient channel network by carefully selecting partners who understand HPC and can provide the highest quality of service and support for their customers, while also helping us fuel our ambitious growth strategy. We will back our partners with programs that reinforce their marketing efforts and reward their dedication."

Companies that have already joined the Cray Channel Partner Program include:

--  Alpha Systems AS of Trondheim, Norway;
   
--  antauris AG of Hamburg, Germany;
   
--  Best Systems, Inc. of Tsukuba, Japan;
   
--  ClusterVision BV of Hoofddorp, Netherlands;
   
--  Compusys PLC of Aylesbury, United Kingdom;
   
--  E4 Computing Engineering of Scandiano, Italy;
   
--  GTSI Corp. of Washington, D.C.;
   
--  Hinditron Infosystems PL of Mumbai (Bombay), India; and
   
--  ServiWare of Croissy Beaubourg (Paris), France.
   
Best Systems and Hinditron have successfully partnered with Cray in the past to market other Cray systems.

A Portfolio of Go-to-Market Resources

The
Cray Channel Partner Program focuses on building relationships that take advantage of each partner's strengths in the HPC market. Cray is actively seeking partner relationships with value-added resellers (VARs), integrators and distributors with extensive experience in delivering innovative HPC solutions. Among the selection criteria are reputation in the marketplace, marketing acumen, technical excellence and business ethics.

Cray offers channel partners an extensive portfolio of resources to help them quickly build and sustain a competitive edge in their respective HPC markets. These resources include product and solutions training, web portal access, Cray's lead-tracking database, sales account management, presales support and a Starter Kit.

About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer

The
Cray XD1 supercomputer features direct connect processor (DCP) architecture, which removes PCI bottlenecks and memory contention to deliver superior sustained performance. According to the HPC Challenge benchmarks, the Cray XD1 system has the lowest latency of any comparable HPC system, with MPI latency of 1.8 microseconds and random ring latency of 1.3 microseconds.

Tests conducted by the
Ohio Supercomputer Center show that the Cray XD1 system ships messages with four times lower MPI latency than common cluster interconnects such as Infiniband and Quadrics, and 30 times lower than Gigabit Ethernet employed in lowest-cost clusters. The Cray XD1 interconnect delivers twice the bandwidth of 4X Infiniband for messages up to 1 KB and 60 percent higher throughput for very large messages.

The Cray XD1
Opteron/Linux system runs x86 32/64 bit codes. Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are available to accelerate applications, and the Active Manager subsystem provides single-system command and control and high-availability features. The system can nearly double its performance with AMD Opteron dual-core processors when they become available later this year.

A 3VU (5.25") chassis provides 12 compute processors, 58 peak gigaflops, 96 GB/second aggregate switching capacity, 1.8-microsecond MPI interprocessor latency, 84 GB maximum memory and 1.5 TB maximum disk storage. A 12-chassis rack provides 144 compute processors, 691 peak gigaflops, 1TB/second aggregate switching capacity, 2 microsecond MPI interprocessor latency, 922 GB/second aggregate memory bandwidth, 1 TB maximum memory and 18 TB maximum disk storage.

About Cray Inc.

The world's leading supercomputer company, Cray Inc. pioneered high-performance computing with the introduction of the Cray-1 in 1976. The only company dedicated to meeting the specific needs of HPC users, Cray designs and manufactures supercomputers used by government, industry and academia worldwide for applications ranging from scientific research to product design, testing to manufacturing. Cray's diverse product portfolio delivers superior performance, scalability and reliability to the entire HPC market, from the high-end capability user to the department workgroup.

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 Cray systems and general economic and market conditions. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XD1 is a trademark, of Cray Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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