In late 1993 and early 1994, five groups of IT users and suppliers were established to make recommendations for actions to be taken at Community level to ensure that European industry in general (both goods and services) was able to exploit the opportunities provided by high-performance computing and networking (HPCN). A small group of industrialists was set up last year under the chairmanship of Dr. H. Soboll, Senior Vice-President of Daimler Benz, to examine the requirements for high-performance networking in Europe. The results of their investigation, "Report of the High-Performance Networking Requirements Group", was recently presented to the Commission. In the report the Group suggests that the Commission should take a pro-active role in encouraging suppliers of networks and related applications to accelerate deployment. To achieve this the report proposes to support users in Europe by demonstrating real user benefits in the market. The Group considers that attention should be paid to the issue of preparing potential users to exploit new and advanced services and thereby increase demand for the deployment of high-performance services. The broad objective of the EU in this area is to foster the use of high-performance networking by: - Widely demonstrating the user experiences which demonstrate how to gain competitive advantage with network-distributed applications; - Encouraging the widespread adoption of proven best-practice techniques; - Supporting network-distributed application experiments. The Group addressed the following topics: - Applications in general; - High-performance networking; - Simulation and design; - Embedded systems and software.