Europort, a project supported by the European Community's ESPIRT programme, has developed a range of high performance parallel computers, which are now coming onto the market. Europort ran from January 1994 to February 1996, and involved over 100 industrial partners. The project involved porting 38 codes to parallel machines, covering a wide range of applications, from medicine design and fluid dynamics to cartoons. The advantages of parallel computers include substantially reducing calculating time, producing better forecast values, and increasing modelling capacity, which allows 3D to be used. The breakthrough achieved by the Europort project means that parallel computers will move from an object of academic discussion to practical commercial use.