Scientific Computer Systems Corp of San Diego has formed its first European subsidiary, wholly owned Scientific Computer Systems France SA, in Paris. The new operation is headed by Pierre Hassid, who formerly headed the French SEL subsidiary, now Gould Inc. And why France first? Well the company has a contract to install an SCS-40 mini-supercomputer system at the main research laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau. The 64-bit SCS-40 is fully compatible with Cray supercomputers, and will be used by the Ecole Polytechnique’s various research facilities for applications in chemistry and molecular modelling. The Paris base will be used as a springboard into other European markets.