Compaq Announces 3 New Supercomputer Wins in Japan and Australia; Systems Expand Compaq's Leadership in This Global Market

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today announced three new supercomputer wins -- one in Japan and two in
 Australia -- which add to the rapidly expanding global portfolio of
 significant supercomputer wins that has vaulted Compaq into a leadership
 position in the competitive high performance technical computing marketplace.
     In Japan, Compaq announced the awarding of a contract to build a
 1.5 TeraOPS system with 908 AlphaServer SC processors for the Japan Atomic
 Energy Research Institute at the Kansai Research Establishment's Advanced
 Photon Research Center (JAERI-KANSAI) to be used for core research activities
 such as X-ray microscopy, ultra-precision machining, and medical diagnosis and
 treatment.  It will be the largest supercomputer in Japan.
     In Australia, Compaq was selected by the Australian Partnership for
 Advanced Computing (APAC) based in Canberra at the Australian National
 University (ANU) to build a system of more than 450 AlphaServer SC processors
 -- the largest system in Australia -- for use by researchers to conduct
 innovative large-scale scientific and engineering research, including
 chemistry, physics, environmental science and biotechnology.
     In a similar agreement, the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 (VPAC) in Australia also selected Compaq to build an AlphaServer SC
 128-processor system for use by researchers in areas such as molecular
 modeling for new drugs and pattern discovery for fraud detection.
     Bill Blake, Vice President of Compaq's High Performance Technical
 Computing Group, said, "These newest wins continue to validate Compaq's global
 leadership position in providing superior high performance systems to clients
 who need the power and reliability of our Alpha processors and our Tru64 UNIX
 or Linux operating systems.  This technology allows them to achieve the
 enormous number-crunching capabilities they demand to meet their computing and
 scientific requirements."
 
     Continued Proof of Leadership:
     In a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) High Performance
 Technical Computer QView Report, Compaq was ranked ahead of all competitors as
 the global leader in the overall market revenue position in the technical
 systems and servers market with a 22 percent market revenue share and
 $1.3 billion in sales revenue.
     Debra Goldfarb, group vice president, Worldwide Enterprise Systems for
 IDC, said, "Over the last three years, Compaq has made a determined effort to
 extend and solidify its position in the technical server market and has been
 rewarded with a leadership position.  We believe that Compaq is positioning
 itself as a technical leader in the industry -- that is, the company is
 actively working to advance the field and gain the support and confidence of
 the overall technical computing market."
     These three newest wins, coupled with others noted below, further
 highlights Compaq's emergence as the leader in the high performance technical
 computing market:
     +  A 100 TeraOPS system Compaq is building through an agreement between
 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Sandia National Laboratories, and Celera
 Genomics, which will be the world's largest supercomputer when completed in
 2004 to be used for a range of life sciences applications - announced in
 Washington, D.C. on January 19, 2001.
     +  A 30+ TeraOPS system Compaq is building for the DOE's National Nuclear
 Security Administration (NNSA) to simulate nuclear testing -- announced on
 August 22, 2000.
     +  A 6 TeraOPS system Compaq and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center are
 building and managing for the National Science Foundation for non-military
 scientific applications -- announced on August 3, 2000.
     +  A Compaq system built for Celera Genomics to complete the initial
 mapping and sequencing of the human genome -- announced in a ceremony at the
 White House on June 26, 2000.
     +  And, a 5 TeraOPS system Compaq is building for the French Atomic Energy
 Commission as the largest supercomputer in Europe -- announced in February
 2000.
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 

SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today announced three new supercomputer wins -- one in Japan and two in
 Australia -- which add to the rapidly expanding global portfolio of
 significant supercomputer wins that has vaulted Compaq into a leadership
 position in the competitive high performance technical computing marketplace.
     In Japan, Compaq announced the awarding of a contract to build a
 1.5 TeraOPS system with 908 AlphaServer SC processors for the Japan Atomic
 Energy Research Institute at the Kansai Research Establishment's Advanced
 Photon Research Center (JAERI-KANSAI) to be used for core research activities
 such as X-ray microscopy, ultra-precision machining, and medical diagnosis and
 treatment.  It will be the largest supercomputer in Japan.
     In Australia, Compaq was selected by the Australian Partnership for
 Advanced Computing (APAC) based in Canberra at the Australian National
 University (ANU) to build a system of more than 450 AlphaServer SC processors
 -- the largest system in Australia -- for use by researchers to conduct
 innovative large-scale scientific and engineering research, including
 chemistry, physics, environmental science and biotechnology.
     In a similar agreement, the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 (VPAC) in Australia also selected Compaq to build an AlphaServer SC
 128-processor system for use by researchers in areas such as molecular
 modeling for new drugs and pattern discovery for fraud detection.
     Bill Blake, Vice President of Compaq's High Performance Technical
 Computing Group, said, "These newest wins continue to validate Compaq's global
 leadership position in providing superior high performance systems to clients
 who need the power and reliability of our Alpha processors and our Tru64 UNIX
 or Linux operating systems.  This technology allows them to achieve the
 enormous number-crunching capabilities they demand to meet their computing and
 scientific requirements."
 
     Continued Proof of Leadership:
     In a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) High Performance
 Technical Computer QView Report, Compaq was ranked ahead of all competitors as
 the global leader in the overall market revenue position in the technical
 systems and servers market with a 22 percent market revenue share and
 $1.3 billion in sales revenue.
     Debra Goldfarb, group vice president, Worldwide Enterprise Systems for
 IDC, said, "Over the last three years, Compaq has made a determined effort to
 extend and solidify its position in the technical server market and has been
 rewarded with a leadership position.  We believe that Compaq is positioning
 itself as a technical leader in the industry -- that is, the company is
 actively working to advance the field and gain the support and confidence of
 the overall technical computing market."
     These three newest wins, coupled with others noted below, further
 highlights Compaq's emergence as the leader in the high performance technical
 computing market:
     +  A 100 TeraOPS system Compaq is building through an agreement between
 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Sandia National Laboratories, and Celera
 Genomics, which will be the world's largest supercomputer when completed in
 2004 to be used for a range of life sciences applications - announced in
 Washington, D.C. on January 19, 2001.
     +  A 30+ TeraOPS system Compaq is building for the DOE's National Nuclear
 Security Administration (NNSA) to simulate nuclear testing -- announced on
 August 22, 2000.
     +  A 6 TeraOPS system Compaq and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center are
 building and managing for the National Science Foundation for non-military
 scientific applications -- announced on August 3, 2000.
     +  A Compaq system built for Celera Genomics to complete the initial
 mapping and sequencing of the human genome -- announced in a ceremony at the
 White House on June 26, 2000.
     +  And, a 5 TeraOPS system Compaq is building for the French Atomic Energy
 Commission as the largest supercomputer in Europe -- announced in February
 2000.
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
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