Science in the Cloud: Building cloud virtual machines for research

Coming in March – there is going to be a special Azure for Research Request for Proposals – focusing on Science VMs for Research.  Take a look at the opportunity and get your request in by March 15th. Building cloud virtual machines for research As regular readers of this blog know, the Windows Azure for…

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Connecting the Science dots at TechFest 2013

During this years annual Microsoft Research TechFest, where Microsoft Research exposes compelling research projects to employees and guests, there are a couple Science related projects being highlighted.  The Computational Ecology and Environmental Science (CEES) group at our Microsoft Research Cambridge lab is demoing some very interesting projects. Geo-Database Applications at the Speed of Thought In…

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Fully data-constrained terrestrial carbon model – view and comment on the paper

If you’re interested in how carbon impacts the overall climate models – you’ll really be interested in the paper just published by Matthew Smith, et al – our Microsoft Researchers from our Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group (CEES) in Cambridge England.  Not only can you view the paper, but can also provide comments and…

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TeraPixel–Largest, Smoothest Image in the World

As part of the WorldWide Telescope Apogee release yesterday we also released TeraPixel – the largest, smoothest image of the sky – a spherical image that we believe is the worlds largest image available for anyone to view.  First thing to understand how large a TeraPixel image is – it’s a Million by Million pixels…

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Research in the Brazilian Rainforest

For the past year our small EEE team in Microsoft External Research has been working with some fabulous researchers in Brazil looking at the rainforest ecosystem.  The Brazilian Rainforest Sensor Network project—a joint effort of the University of São Paulo, Johns Hopkins University, the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research,…

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Memories for life – SenseCam available

It’s great to see that the technology behind the SenseCam work out of MSR Cambridge is now available for anyone to utilize.  It’s had some real success as an aid for people with memory loss – check out the papers – but it could also be used as a data collection device, I see it…

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More Goodies into Windows HPC – cycle stealing, VS2010, Excel 2010, Linux Interop

The article from HPCwire on  Microsoft Injects More Goodies into Windows HPC highlights some of the new features in beta2.  I’m especially happy to see the support for Win7 desktops as computational nodes – desktop cycle stealing, something that always gets asked about.  The other key additions being: VS2010 integration Parallel Nsight, NVIDIA’s software development…

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External Research Team Blog started

The Microsoft Research External Research group has started a blog – the initial post is from Tony Hey CVP Welcome to the Microsoft External Research blog The inspiration behind this blog is a strong desire to foster connections that lead to meaningful breakthroughs; to engage in ongoing dialog in an open forum; to discuss and…

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Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

Now what computational scientist wouldn’t want one of these under their desk.  I like the tagline, “putting ‘work’ back into workstation”. Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC by Michael Feldman, HPCwire Editor If you thought Windows 7 was just for mere mortals, think again. Microsoft’s latest OS is about to show up in Cray’s newest…

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The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Book Released

Today Microsoft Research announced the availability of the book – The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.  The book focuses on the change of all sciences moving from observational, to theoretical, to computational and now to the 4th Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery.  This is based on Jim Gray’s insights captured via his final public talk…

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