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August 18, 1994

NSA AGREE JOINT VENTURE WITH CRAY

By CBR Staff Writer

Highlighting the pot-and-kettle nature of the Micron Technology Inc name-calling, Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Cray Computer Corp may be saved from oblivion by Uncle Sam: riding to the rescue of the beleaguered supercomputer builder, the National Security Agency has agreed a joint development contract valued at up to $9.2m for Cray to produce a Cray-3/Super Scalable System: the Cray-3/SSS will be a hybrid high-performance system that will offer vector parallel processing, scalable parallel processing and a combination of both, and under terms of the contract, Cray Computer will be paid up to $4.2m for development costs, and the government will provide about $400,000 in software consulting services, and Cray will also have rights to use some government technologies as well; the project is based on a September 1993 feasibility study recommending a hybrid supercomputer composed of a Cray-3 and a large number of Processor-In-Memory chips, developed by the US Supercomputing Research Center; no doubt if Cray Computer survives and ultimately thrives as a result of this contract, in due course it will be complaining to Commerce that it is unfairly discriminated against when it tries to sell computers to the Japanese government.

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