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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Mercury Computer Systems to Showcase Live Demonstrations of Performance Breakthroughs on the Cell BE Processor at Supercomputing 2006

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CHELMSFORD, Mass., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that it will demonstrate live applications ported to the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor in Booth#1135 at Supercomputing 2006, November 11 - 17, in Tampa Florida. Demonstrations will feature Mercury Cell BE processor-based hardware and the Mercury MultiCore Plus(TM) SDK (Software Development Kit), its complete, intuitive programming environment optimized for products based on the Cell BEand other multicore processors.

"Mercury's MultiCore Plus SDK offers programmers a practical approach for achieving high performance on the Cell BE processor," said Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee. Combining a powerful set of softwaretools and libraries into a seamless package, the MultiCore Plus SDK enablesusers to maximize resources and application performance by taking fulladvantage of the multicore processor's computation model.

A diverse range of organizations, including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have purchased Cell BE processor-based hardware,software, and/or optimization services. Mercury customers and partners are leveraging the performance capabilities of the Cell BE processor to solve various specialized application challenges in seismic computation, video processing, semiconductor inspection, synthetic aperture radar (SAR),molecular modeling in biotech, and ray tracing. Some of these applications will be demonstrated at Supercomputing 2006.

Mercury is participating in a joint collaboration with the Software Integration and Visualization Office (SIVO) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to develop a DICE (Data Intensive Computing Environment) project. DICEprovides a realistic, high-performance computing environment where computer,storage, and network vendors can test new products and solutions for high-enddata management issues. A Mercury Cell BE processor-based workstation will be installed at Goddard to perform application porting and performance and remote visualization tests to evaluate Cell Technology for applicability to NASA applications. Remote visualization capabilities will be demonstrated in the DICE/AVETeC booth at Supercomputing 2006.

"DICE is a new approach to solutions for the High Performance Computing community," said Roger Panton , DICE Executive Director. "The ultimate goal isto improve the time-to-solution of complex engineering and scientific problems. It is a discreet environment, where we learn and share in each project's successes."

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