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Audcomp Computer Systems Set to Offer Cray XD1 Supercomputer to Clients Across Canada

Partnership Focuses on Customized Solutions for a Range of High-Performance Computing Environments

Global supercomputer leader
Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that leading IT integrator and provider Audcomp Computer Systems will offer the Cray XD1 supercomputer to high-performance computing (HPC) clients throughout Canada. The AMD Opteron/Linux-based Cray XD1 system is purpose-built to handle the demanding scientific and technical computing applications used in research and engineering.

"The
Cray XD1 supercomputer is a best-of-breed HPC platform from an industry leader," said Paul Furtado, Audcomp's vice president for corporate affairs. "This outstanding product will let Audcomp offer superior solutions to our clients in the post-secondary education and research sectors, where processing power and scalability are important considerations. We also expect the Cray XD1 system to help us broaden our client base to include the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries."

"In combination, Cray and Audcomp are able to offer compelling HPC solutions that deliver high levels of performance, scalability and value," said Bill Turner, Cray's manager of channel partnerships. "Audcomp's prominence among Canadian IT integrators and providers makes the company an excellent addition to Cray's channel partner program. In addition, Audcomp's ability to deliver solutions tuned to each client's individual requirements is particularly valuable in the HPC arena with its emphasis on diverse computational problems and heavy workloads."

About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer

The Cray XD1 supercomputer combines direct-connect system architecture, 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. The Cray XD1 system also provides application acceleration capabilities using FPGA technology, tightly connected to the direct-connect structure.

About Audcomp Computer Systems

Founded in 1986, Audcomp is a leading systems integrator and IT provider offering hardware/software sales, technical support, consulting, networking, asset management, e-business, hardware maintenance contracts and other services and solutions to Canadian educational institutions and businesses. This wide array of offerings enables the company to provide clients with highly customized solutions that meet their exacting needs and specifications. Audcomp is headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario.

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.

About the Desert Research Institute

DRI is an autonomous division of the University and Community College System of Nevada employing approximately 440 faculty and staff. With main campuses in Las Vegas and Reno, DRI represents a unique blend of academia and entrepreneurship, combining basic research in the earth sciences with applied interdisciplinary studies. At any given time DRI researchers are engaged in some 100 projects focusing on environmental monitoring, assessment, prediction and policy implementation. Go to www.dri.edu for more information.

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