March, 2007

Dan on eScience & Technical Computing @ Microsoft

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March, 2007

  • Dan on eScience & Technical Computing @ Microsoft

    SensorMap & Toolkit Tutorial


    There is SensorMap training available, hosted at the IPSN 2007 conference in Boston, MA, USA, on Saturday April 28, 2007. Details on the tutorial are here.

    This tutorial includes a hands-on introduction and guide to the use and deployment of sensornet research tools from Microsoft Research (MSR): SensorMap and MSR Sense toolkit. SensorMap is a research portal that lets users visualize and query real-time sensornet data using a geographical interface such as Windows Live Local and allows data owners to easily publish their live data using a web service interface. The toolkit is a collection of software tools that allow users to collect, process, archive, and visualize data from a sensor network.

    Source: IPSN Tutorial: Sensormap and Toolkit

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    Equation Number in Office 2007 - macros


    Murray Sargent pointed me to Dong Yu's macros...thought others might find them useful

    Equation Number in Office 2007

    Office 2007 comes with a very nice equation editor and bibliography manager. However, it does not support equation and theorem number management. To work around this problem. I have developed a set of macros. You can download it here.

    Source: Dong Yu @ Microsoft Research

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    BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation CTP available


    The CTP for BPEL for Windows Workflow is available download it now from MSDN

    The March 2007 CTP for our BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation was released today.

    BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is an add on for Windows Workflow Foundation in the .NET Framework 3.0. BPEL is the Business Process Execution Language and this download is an unsupported Community Technology Preview (CTP) for using this technology with WF. The download, which is aimed at software developers, provides import and export tools for BPEL and includes WF activities representing BPEL for the WF designer in Visual Studio 2005.

    Source: Paul Andrew : BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March Community Technology Preview is released

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    MS eScience & Berkeley Water Center


    Here's a really good article from the Berkeley Lab View on the work that Catharine Van Ingen and Stuart Ozer from MSR have been involved with w/ LBL and the Berkeley Water Center.  The use of SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services have made a real difference in how scientists can explore AmeriFlux and water sensor data.   You can see the datasets for the AmeriFlux and the Russian River at Also Deb Agarwal and team have done a real good job w/ their User Manual outlying how to access the data via the web and Excel

    Lab Team Helping Smooth Flow of Water Data

    By Jon Bashor

    A collaboration among Microsoft, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley is underway to make it easier for researchers to access and analyze collected data on water, with the goal of accelerating research in the increasingly important areas of water supply and climate change.

    Called Microsoft e-Science, the project is part of the Berkeley Water Center’s effort to marshal expertise from public institutions and the private sector to enable researchers to easily access and work with water data. The year-old center is the brainchild of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD), UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

    Source: [Read More] Berkeley Lab View -- March 16, 2007

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    SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET


    Grid folks and security researchers should be interested in the SecPAL preview release - The goal of the SecPAL project is to develop a language for expressing decentralized authorization policies, and to investigate language design and semantics, as well as related algorithms and analysis techniques.

    SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

    The Security Policy Assertion Language (SecPAL) provides a flexible and robust declarative authorization language developed for large-scale Grid Computing Environments. This installable MSI includes a preview release of the .NET implementation of SecPAL, developer document describing the SecPAL programming model and scenario based samples intended to support evaluation of SecPAL.

    Source: SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

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