CRAY LAUDS JAPANESE PACT

CRAY LAUDS JAPANESE PACT

The chairman of Cray Research Inc., the leading U.S. supercomputer maker, said Tuesday an agreement to open Japan's market should give the company an extra $100 million in annual sales.

''If the agreement is implemented properly, it will improve the competitive situation. We should have sales of $100 million a year," John Rollwagen told reporters at Japan's first supercomputer exhibition.The two countries agreed last week to open the Japanese government market to American and other foreign-built supercomputers.

Mr. Rollwagen, who is also Cray's chief executive officer, said the estimate of new sales assumed Cray would capture the two-thirds share it has in other markets.