Compaq Announces Grid Computing Program Aligns With Platform for Grid-Enabled Solutions

Establishes Internal Grid & Center for Study of Grid Computing



Nov 14, 2001, 00:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today announced a worldwide Grid Computing Solutions Program which will
 provide customers with Grid software, computer systems, and custom
 installation and support services to enable users to share computing, storage,
 data, software and other resources.
     Through an alliance with Platform Computing, Inc., Compaq plans to utilize
 Platform's commercialized Globus Toolkit and Platform's Grid Suite to provide
 customers with a complete, integrated open Grid solution to take advantage of
 Compaq's powerful Tru64 UNIX Alphaserver systems, as well as industry-standard
 Compaq ProLiant servers running Linux.  Compaq plans to sell, install and
 support Platform's Grid Suite when it becomes available.
     Compaq already offers customized installation and support services for the
 open source Globus Toolkit, an open-architecture, open-source set of
 protocols, services and tools that is developed by USC's Information Sciences
 Institute and the Argonne National Laboratory.  Compaq's alliance with
 Platform substantially enhances this current offering.
     "Platform's Grid Suite, coupled with Compaq's Tru64 UNIX and Linux
 platforms, provides a powerful, Grid-enabled solution," said Robert Gordon,
 CEO, Platform Computing.  "Through this partnership, we can accelerate
 commercial acceptance of Grid computing by delivering comprehensive,
 integrated solutions for high performance computing.  Platform welcomes the
 opportunity to support Grid solutions on Compaq's powerful platforms."
     "Grid computing is emerging as a major new capability for modern, high
 performance technical computing," said Bill Blake, vice president of Compaq's
 High Performance Technical Computing group, "and Grid computing makes possible
 new and previously unimagined collaborations and applications.  Working with
 Platform Computing, Compaq will deliver best-in-class commercially supported
 Grid computing solutions and services for our customers."
     Grid computing is a technology that uses the Internet as a basic wiring to
 let people share computing storage, data, and programs.  For example,
 scientists and engineers with compute-intensive jobs can run them over a Grid
 to take advantage of all available resources and minimize time-to-results.
 Highly available, reliable and scalable, Compaq systems provide an ideal
 platform for production Grid computing.
     To test and demonstrate these solutions, Compaq has established a globe-
 spanning internal Grid within its corporate firewall, connecting high
 performance computing sites in Marlboro (MA), Nashua (NH), Annecy (France),
 Galway (Ireland), and Tokyo (Japan).
     As a platinum level sponsor of the Global Grid Forum (a community-
 initiated forum of individual researchers and practitioners working on Grid
 technology), Compaq is also participating in an "application test bed" being
 developed by the Forum's Applications Working Group.  This test bed is a
 worldwide, open, multi-organizational Grid running experimental Grid
 applications.
     In addition, Compaq has established an Advanced Center for the Study of
 Grid Computing in Nashua (NH) and is working with a worldwide virtual team
 associated with the Grid.  The Center has a primary research focus on
 application development environments and solutions for the Grid which leverage
 Compaq's long-standing expertise in compilers and application development
 tools.  The Center is also working with customers which are engaged in
 innovative research and development in the Grid arena, and evaluating third-
 party relationships with ISV's.
 
     Company Background
     Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation ("Compaq") is a leading
 global provider of enterprise technology and solutions.  Compaq designs,
 develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-
 tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and
 portable personal computers 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 are trademarks of Compaq Information
 Technologies Group, L.P.  This news release may contain forward-looking
 statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  All statements
 other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed
 forward-looking statements.  Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the
 possibility that the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger does not close or that the
 companies may be required to modify aspects of the transaction to achieve
 regulatory approval or that prior to the closing of the proposed merger, the
 businesses of the companies suffer due to uncertainty; the market for the sale
 of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development
 of these products and services may not proceed as planned; that Compaq and
 Hewlett-Packard are unable to transition customers, successfully execute their
 integration strategies, or achieve planned synergies; other risks that are
 described from time to time in Compaq and Hewlett-Packard's Securities and
 Exchange Commission reports; and other risks that are described from time to
 time in Compaq's and Hewlett-Packard's Securities and Exchange Commission
 reports (including but not limited to Compaq's annual report on Form 10-K for
 the year ended December 31, 2000, HP's annual report on Form 10-K for the year
 ended October 31, 2000, and subsequently filed reports).  If any of these
 risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves
 incorrect, Compaq's results could differ materially from Compaq's expectations
 in these statements.  Compaq assumes no obligation and does not intend to
 update these forward-looking statements.
 
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SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today announced a worldwide Grid Computing Solutions Program which will
 provide customers with Grid software, computer systems, and custom
 installation and support services to enable users to share computing, storage,
 data, software and other resources.
     Through an alliance with Platform Computing, Inc., Compaq plans to utilize
 Platform's commercialized Globus Toolkit and Platform's Grid Suite to provide
 customers with a complete, integrated open Grid solution to take advantage of
 Compaq's powerful Tru64 UNIX Alphaserver systems, as well as industry-standard
 Compaq ProLiant servers running Linux.  Compaq plans to sell, install and
 support Platform's Grid Suite when it becomes available.
     Compaq already offers customized installation and support services for the
 open source Globus Toolkit, an open-architecture, open-source set of
 protocols, services and tools that is developed by USC's Information Sciences
 Institute and the Argonne National Laboratory.  Compaq's alliance with
 Platform substantially enhances this current offering.
     "Platform's Grid Suite, coupled with Compaq's Tru64 UNIX and Linux
 platforms, provides a powerful, Grid-enabled solution," said Robert Gordon,
 CEO, Platform Computing.  "Through this partnership, we can accelerate
 commercial acceptance of Grid computing by delivering comprehensive,
 integrated solutions for high performance computing.  Platform welcomes the
 opportunity to support Grid solutions on Compaq's powerful platforms."
     "Grid computing is emerging as a major new capability for modern, high
 performance technical computing," said Bill Blake, vice president of Compaq's
 High Performance Technical Computing group, "and Grid computing makes possible
 new and previously unimagined collaborations and applications.  Working with
 Platform Computing, Compaq will deliver best-in-class commercially supported
 Grid computing solutions and services for our customers."
     Grid computing is a technology that uses the Internet as a basic wiring to
 let people share computing storage, data, and programs.  For example,
 scientists and engineers with compute-intensive jobs can run them over a Grid
 to take advantage of all available resources and minimize time-to-results.
 Highly available, reliable and scalable, Compaq systems provide an ideal
 platform for production Grid computing.
     To test and demonstrate these solutions, Compaq has established a globe-
 spanning internal Grid within its corporate firewall, connecting high
 performance computing sites in Marlboro (MA), Nashua (NH), Annecy (France),
 Galway (Ireland), and Tokyo (Japan).
     As a platinum level sponsor of the Global Grid Forum (a community-
 initiated forum of individual researchers and practitioners working on Grid
 technology), Compaq is also participating in an "application test bed" being
 developed by the Forum's Applications Working Group.  This test bed is a
 worldwide, open, multi-organizational Grid running experimental Grid
 applications.
     In addition, Compaq has established an Advanced Center for the Study of
 Grid Computing in Nashua (NH) and is working with a worldwide virtual team
 associated with the Grid.  The Center has a primary research focus on
 application development environments and solutions for the Grid which leverage
 Compaq's long-standing expertise in compilers and application development
 tools.  The Center is also working with customers which are engaged in
 innovative research and development in the Grid arena, and evaluating third-
 party relationships with ISV's.
 
     Company Background
     Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation ("Compaq") is a leading
 global provider of enterprise technology and solutions.  Compaq designs,
 develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-
 tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and
 portable personal computers 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 are trademarks of Compaq Information
 Technologies Group, L.P.  This news release may contain forward-looking
 statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  All statements
 other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed
 forward-looking statements.  Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the
 possibility that the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger does not close or that the
 companies may be required to modify aspects of the transaction to achieve
 regulatory approval or that prior to the closing of the proposed merger, the
 businesses of the companies suffer due to uncertainty; the market for the sale
 of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development
 of these products and services may not proceed as planned; that Compaq and
 Hewlett-Packard are unable to transition customers, successfully execute their
 integration strategies, or achieve planned synergies; other risks that are
 described from time to time in Compaq and Hewlett-Packard's Securities and
 Exchange Commission reports; and other risks that are described from time to
 time in Compaq's and Hewlett-Packard's Securities and Exchange Commission
 reports (including but not limited to Compaq's annual report on Form 10-K for
 the year ended December 31, 2000, HP's annual report on Form 10-K for the year
 ended October 31, 2000, and subsequently filed reports).  If any of these
 risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves
 incorrect, Compaq's results could differ materially from Compaq's expectations
 in these statements.  Compaq assumes no obligation and does not intend to
 update these forward-looking statements.
 
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