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CDD weather derivatives are widely used to hedge weather risks and their fast and accurate pricing is an important problem in financial engineering. In this paper, we propose an efficient parallelization strategy of a pricing algorithm for the CDD derivatives. The algorithm uses the fast Gauss transform to compute the expected payoff of the derivative and has proved faster and more accurate than the conventional Monte Carlo method. However, speeding up the algorithm on a distributed-memory parallel computer is not straightforward because naive parallelization will require a large amount of inter-processor communication. Our new parallelization strategy exploits the structure of the fast Gauss transform and thereby reduces the amount of inter-processor communication considerably. Numerical experiments show that our strategy achieves up to 50% performance improvement over the naive one on a 16-node Mac G5 cluster and can compute the price of a representative CDD derivative in 7 seconds. This speed is adequate for almost any applications.