HERNDON, Va., Feb. 6, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Logicon Inc., a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company, has received a task order to install and support a Cray MTA-2 multithreaded supercomputer at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C.

The 10-year program was awarded to Logicon as a task order by the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) under the Millennia contract. The task order has a first-year value of $5.8 million and a total value of $25.9 million, if all options are exercised, with funding provided through the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing (HPC) Modernization Office. Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) is the major subcontractor on the program.

"The all-CMOS MTA-2 will be the first system of its type installed," said John Stephens, acting director, Scientific Computing Services, Logicon. "It represents a breakthrough design that will significantly expand the computational capabilities at NRL, especially for memory-intensive applications."

The task order calls for a 28-processor, Cray MTA-2 system with 112 gigabytes of memory to be installed at the NRL in the fourth quarter of 2001. The system supports up to 128 RISC-like hardware streams per processor and provides bandwidth that scales efficiently with the number of processors.

"We are pleased to participate in Logicon's Millennia contract," said Jim Rottsolk, chairman and chief executive officer, Cray Inc. "This order for a sizeable all-CMOS Cray MTA-2 supercomputer system is an important milestone for Cray Inc. We believe the Cray MTA-2's revolutionary design - especially its scalable shared memory, extremely fast input/output and programming ease - will enable unprecedented performance on a range of important, currently intractable problems."

Logicon is an established, full-service integrator of HPC systems with proven capabilities in HPC training, research, visualization and other HPC-related activities. For the NRL, Logicon's work will focus on engineering and support services.

Logicon is helping to advance HPC research in the Defense Department through its role as integrator for the Naval Oceanographic Office Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC) at Stennis Space Center, Miss., one of the four MSRCs in the DoD's HPC Modernization program. The company also supports HPC work at the Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanography Center in Monterey, Calif.

GSA FEDSIM is a program under the Federal Technology Service providing large-scale systems integration support to other federal agencies. Millennia is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide information technology (IT) services to federal agencies worldwide. Logicon was one of 12 contractors selected in 1999 to compete for task orders on this 10-year, $25 billion contract vehicle.

NRL is the Navy's corporate laboratory where it conducts a broadly based, multidisciplinary program of scientific research and advanced technological development directed toward maritime applications of new and improved materials, techniques, equipment, systems, and ocean, atmospheric, and space sciences and related technologies. NRL is a leading edge Distributed Center within the DoD HPC Modernization Program. As a leading edge center, NRL's mission is to explore and evaluate innovative and new computing and networking technologies.

Cray Inc. designs, builds and sells high-performance MPP, vector processor and general-purpose parallel computer systems. The company has leading edge technology, multiple product platforms, nearly 900 employees, a $2 billion installed base of approximately 600 computers worldwide, major manufacturing and service capabilities, and extensive global customer relationships. Go to www.cray.com for more information on the company.

Headquartered in Herndon, Logicon is the IT sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation and a leading provider of advanced information technologies, products, systems and services. Areas of expertise include command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise IT hardware and software solutions; information systems; training and simulation; science and technology; base and range support; and commercial information services.

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