Cray Names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief

Cray Names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief
Technology Officer 
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/19/12 --   Global supercomputer
leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the appointment of
William C. Blake to the position of senior vice president and chief
technology officer (CTO). With more than three decades of high
performance computing (HPC) and Big Data experience, Blake will be
responsible for defining the integrated infrastructure that will
drive Cray's next generation of supercomputers and solutions.  
Blake has served as a member of Cray's Board of Directors since his
appointment in June 2006. Blake will assume his new responsibilities
as Cray's senior vice president and CTO on April 30 and complete his
term on Cray's Board of Directors, which concludes at Cray's annual
meeting currently scheduled for June 7 of this year. Immediately
prior to the commencement of the annual meeting, and in connection
with the conclusion of Blake's service as a director, the size of
Cray's Board of Directors will be reduced to seven directors. In his
new role, Blake will report directly to Cray's president and CEO,
Peter Ungaro. 
"Technical innovation is the centerpiece of Cray, and the CTO
position is important in matching our capabilities with the needs and
direction of the marketplace," said Ungaro. "We wanted someone who
understands current and future supercomputing technologies, someone
with a passion for our business and our customers, and someone that
can further evolve and realize our Adaptive Supercomputing vision as
we drive towards integrating scientific simulation and Big Data
analytics on a single, scalable supercomputing platform. All of this
led us directly to Bill. Through his contributions as a member of our
Board of Directors, he has helped shape our technical strategy for
nearly six years. I couldn't be more excited to have Bill join our
executive team as we design and build future generations of Cray
Blake is a thirty-year veteran of the HPC industry and most recently
served as general manager of parallel computing platforms in
Microsoft Corporation's technical computing group. Prior to its
acquisition by Microsoft, Blake was president and CEO of Interactive
Supercomputing, Inc., an MIT spin-out that developed the Star-P
platform for transforming desktop modeling and simulation
applications to run in parallel on the cluster and cloud. Before
assuming this position in January 2007, he served as senior vice
president of product development at Netezza Corporation, which
applied parallel processing and FPGA acceleration to the relational
database, resulting in the industry's first data warehouse appliance
with a
 10X plus price/performance advantage over alternative systems.
Prior to joining Netezza, Blake was with Compaq Computer Corporation
where he was vice president of Compaq's AlphaServer worldwide high
performance computing business, and compiler and parallel software
development group. Prior, he held key engineering management
positions in VLSI design and compiler development with Digital
Equipment Corporation. Blake received a B.S.E.E. from the Lowell
Technological Institute. 
"I am honored to join the world-class Cray team in the CTO role, and
therefore be in position to leverage my background in HPC, data
warehousing and analytics, hardware and software as Cray continues to
develop unique and differentiated platforms for the HPC and Big Data
markets," said Blake. "Cray has a real passion for designing and
building innovative supercomputing systems that give customers the
resources they desperately need to tackle some of the most daunting
computational challenges -- whether they are scientific or analytic.
It's a passion I also share, and I'm excited to now be intimately
involved in the next challenge we ourselves face -- driving towards
exascale systems within the decade." 
About Cray Inc.
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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. 
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