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  • Blog Post: Getting back to first principles with eScience in the Cloud workshop

    As I prepare for the upcoming eScience in the Cloud workshop , I keeping coming back to what might sound like an obvious statement—even in these times when we’re trying to tackle hugely complex issues, like understanding climate change, and we are coping with heterogeneous data in volumes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research support for climate change studies

    Last June, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to help predict and address the impacts of climate change. To further this important effort, Microsoft Research is pleased to launch a special Climate Data award program , which offers scientists and decision-makers 12 months of free...
  • Blog Post: Learn to tell stories with data at the Excel for Research webinar

    We hear a lot these days about “data science,” but what is it, exactly? Data collection, data management, data wrangling, big data, broad data—these are all pieces of the data-science puzzle. One view is that data science is all about telling stories—with data. However, the...
  • Blog Post: Building cloud virtual machines for research

    As regular readers of this blog know, the Windows Azure for Research program recurrently solicits proposals on the use of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, in scholarly research. Winning projects receive a one-year allocation of Windows Azure storage and compute resources. ...
  • Blog Post: Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on

    Last September, as part of our global Windows Azure for Research program, we announced our cloud training classes that we designed to show academics how Windows Azure can accelerate their research. Now that we’re almost a month into the new year, we would like to let you know what we have planned...
  • Blog Post: Latest recipients of Windows Azure for Research Awards announced

    Microsoft Research’s Windows Azure for Research program, which features a continuing series of Windows Azure cloud training events and a program of Windows Azure research grants, has been going strong since its launch in September 2013. As the December 15, 2013, deadline for the second round of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Asia funds cloud computing for urban studies

    The world is becoming more urban. The movement of populations from rural to city life is nothing new in the developed countries of Europe and North America, but it has greatly accelerated in the rapidly developing countries of Asia. In China, for example, the percentage of urban dwellers has swelled...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing for environmental science webinar airs December 17

    Preserving biodiversity, understanding animals’ social interactions, and predicting droughts: these are all key research areas for ecologists and environmental scientists. And like so many areas of research these days, they are all data intensive and thus potential beneficiaries of cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Resources abound for researchers wanting to use cloud computing

    Cloud computing offers tremendous advantages in terms of scale and compute power—not to mention costs—to those grappling with today’s data-intensive research. The Windows Azure for Research program is designed to help scientists reap these cloud-computing benefits in their research...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research offers tools and more at AGU 2013 Fall Meeting

    Every December I get together with 20,000 like-minded researchers in San Francisco to discuss how to preserve the habitat of Homo sapiens . I concede it’s a self-serving goal, but I’m okay with standing to benefit. Our conversation invariably burrows into subtopics of how the Earth works...
  • Blog Post: Scale out your research with virtual machines: Windows Azure webinar

    Researchers often ask us, “What’s the easiest way to get started with cloud computing?” Cloud computing can seem daunting, but Windows Azure makes it easier than ever to analyze and manage large datasets in the cloud. Want to know more? Then please join us tomorrow (December 4 or December...
  • Blog Post: A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud

    Building an historical view of climate change in the cloud with ChronoZoom Starting in the tenth century, during the Medieval Warm Period , Greenland was a fraction of a degree warmer than today. Norse settlers raised livestock and cultivated small farms. Later, in the fifteenth century, a colder...
  • Blog Post: Interactive genomics: querying genomes across the cloud

    Big data: you can hardly pick up a newspaper without reading about some new scientific or business acumen derived from mining some heretofore-untouched volumes of digital information. Well, I’m happy to say that genome sequence data—which certainly qualifies as big, both in volume and velocity—is...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the cloud to researchers around the world and online

    These have been impressive days for European research, highlighted by last year’s discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . Both are stunning examples of thousands of researchers collaborating...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Research Award winners

    Microsoft Research is pleased to announce the successful applicants in our first round of Windows Azure for Research awards. You didn’t make it easy for us—we received many good quality proposals. Our selection committee evaluated each submission in terms of its potential to accelerate research...
  • Blog Post: eScience and Cloud Computing in Beijing

    I'm in Beijing for the tenth annual Microsoft eScience Workshop , which runs from October 22 to 25. As in the past, the workshop takes place at the same time and in the same location as the IEEE International Conference on eScience . No coincidence, of course—why not take advantage of all that...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Research at UNICAMP

    In today’s world of data-intensive scientific research, cloud computing offers immense value. Here in Brazil, for example, researchers are working on a variety of environmental and urban studies projects that demand a highly scalable and flexible resource infrastructure—exactly what cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Research

    Microsoft Research is pleased to announce a new initiative to help the research community use the cloud to advance scientific discovery. Three years ago, we partnered with researchers to experiment with cloud computing on Windows Azure. The results from these early efforts—many of which are described...
  • Blog Post: Computing tools for the life sciences

    I recently sponsored an event in Manizales, Colombia, training biologists on .NET Bio and BioHPC , two projects that make computational research easier in the life sciences. As part of the training, Jarek Pillardy —the head of the Cornell Bioinformatics Facility (CBSU) at Cornell University—and...
  • Blog Post: PhD students convene in Cambridge for 2013 Summer School

    Sixty students from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa participated in the 2013 PhD Summer School at Microsoft Research Cambridge. The beginning of July is always a special time of year at Microsoft Research Cambridge as we welcome PhD students to our annual PhD Summer School. We began our eighth...
  • Blog Post: Buildings Go Green…in the Cloud

    As I listened to U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address in January, I was struck by the emphasis he placed on addressing global climate change and the need for clean energy. “The path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult,” the president...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Named Top Educational Resource at 2013 SXSW Interactive

    When Microsoft Research teamed up with the University of California Berkeley to create a digital tool for exploring the history of everything, we knew we had the potential to build a killer educational app. After all, a tool that can reveal the cross-currents of history, revealing the interdependencies...
  • Blog Post: Chinese Edition of "The Fourth Paradigm" Released

    Over the past two years, I have watched eScience take root in China. The movement advanced in the first and second Chinese eScience forums and in various eScience projects that were developed by the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). During this time...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Unlocks Drug Discovery

    Antibiotics, antivirals, NSAIDs—the list of modern “wonder drugs” goes on and on. And yet many diseases remain resistant to drug therapy, and in other instances, the side effects of drug treatment are as bad as or worse than the disorder. Why, the public wonders, aren’t more new...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Wildfires with Data

    When wildfires strike, all eyes turn to the clouds, hoping for a downpour that will quench the flames. Now, wildfire prevention teams on the Greek island of Lesvos are looking to a different kind of cloud for help, thanks to the VENUS-C Fire application and the computing power of Windows Azure . The...
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