Cray and Sandia Establish a Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems
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Cray and Sandia Establish a Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems

SEATTLE, WA and ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2011 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Sandia National Laboratories today announced the formation of the Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems (SILKS) -- a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) focused on knowledge discovery, data management and informatics computing.

Located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, SILKS will leverage the strengths of both organizations by bringing together hardware resources, software assets and researchers that are proficient in knowledge discovery, data management and informatics computing at large scale.

Sandia and Cray are collaborating on the CRADA and establishing SILKS with three primary technical objectives:

1) Accelerate the development and application of high performance computing (HPC) technologies focused on solving knowledge discovery, data management and informatics problems at scale;
2) Collaborate to overcome the implementation barriers to a wider adoption of data-driven HPC computing technologies in knowledge discovery, data management and informatics;
3) Apply the use of these technologies to enable discovery and innovation in science, engineering and for homeland security.

The main technical categories include software, hardware, services, outreach, and education and training.

"Sandia is a leading national lab with strong expertise in area of the data analysis," said Shoaib Mufti, director of knowledge management in Cray's Custom Engineering group. "Working together on SILKS will allow us to leverage Sandia's research and expertise in the area of large scale data analysis to build leading edge solutions for knowledge management. The concept of big data in the HPC environment is an important area of focus for Cray, and we are excited about the prospect of new solutions that may result from this collaborative effort with Sandia."

"This statement of intent for Sandia to collaboratively develop programs with Cray will leverage our respective strengths to originate new technologies for efficiently analyzing large data sets," said Bruce Hendrickson, Sandia manager of computational sciences and math. "These capabilities will be applicable to Sandia's fundamental science and mission work."

Cray and Sandia National Laboratories are each dedicated to enabling university faculty and students, as well as government and industry scientists and engineers, to exploit the use of HPC for scientific discovery, knowledge discovery, United States competitiveness and national security. These joint interests and expertise make both organizations integral parts of this cooperative research effort.

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a written agreement between a private company and a government agency to work together on a project. Created as a result of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, a CRADA allows the Federal government and non-Federal partners to optimize their resources, share technical expertise in a protected environment, share intellectual property emerging from the effort, and speed the commercialization of federally developed technology.

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 for more information.

About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but not limited to, statements related to Cray's ability to leverage the SILKS collaborative effort to build leading edge solutions for knowledge management. These statements involve current expectations, forecasts of future events and other statements that are not historical facts. Inaccurate assumptions and known and unknown risks and uncertainties can affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements and cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual future events or results include, but are not limited to, the risk that the collaboration under SILKS does not result in commercially viable or successful products for the Company when expected or at all, the risk that Cray is not able to expand and penetrate its addressable market and such other risks as identified in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this release. Cray undertakes no duty to publicly announce or report revisions to these statements as new information becomes available that may change the Company's expectations.

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