Eagan, Minn. -- Cray Research Inc. has delivered a Cray J916 low-cost compact supercomputer and Cray's UniChem client/server computational chemistry software package to Solvay Germany GmbH. The Cray solution was selected under competitive bid. Terms were not disclosed. Cray's UniChem software links Cray Research supercomputers with the visualization capabilities of workstations. Cray developed the software in conjunction with an international consortium of chemical and pharmaceutical companies that have adopted supercomputing as a key part of their research and development efforts. Solvay cooperates with this consortium. Cray officials said that Solvay is the first European chemical customer that has ordered a Cray supercomputer for computational chemistry. Another German chemical company acquired two Cray supercomputers for chemical process simulation to help improve its manufacturing of chemical and chemical-based products. Solvay is involved in the manufacturing of alkali products, peroxides, plastics, transformation (catalysts), and pharmaceuticals.