This year, the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SBRC 2014) is discussing, among other topics, cloud computing, which is a fantastic technology that provides new services and applications for users and helps accelerate research in different domains. Cloud computing is expected to become even more prominent in the coming years…
—Antonio Alfredo Loureiro, full professor, Computer Science Department, Federal University of Minas Gerais
I am happy to give a quick report following last week’s 2014 Brazilian Symposium on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (better known by its Portuguese acronym: SBRC), one of the most prestigious events for the Brazilian computer science community. It was held May 5–9, in the seaside town of Florianópolis and included a range of topical workshops, panel discussions, and demos being delivered by internationally renowned researchers. The conference had 21 technical sessions covering just about every current issue related to computer networks and distributed systems.
I’m pleased to note that Microsoft Research was among the sponsors of this conference and delivered two keynote presentations. Daron Green, a senior director at Microsoft Research Connections in Redmond, spoke on Living outside the Comfort Zone: Innovating through Research, an intriguing look into the future of collaborative computing technology and the role that Microsoft Research is playing in creating unique research opportunities, from highly configurable small-scale experimental devices to world-class cloud computing infrastructure. Feng Zhao, assistant managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, discussed Planet-Scale Sensing: from Lab to the Real World, which explored the major advances in sensor networks and their applications in such areas as energy consumption and urban planning.
We also had a booth at SBRC, where, among other relevant Microsoft Research projects, we were sharing information about our Microsoft Azure for Research program, which offers free training on using Microsoft Azure for scientific research, as well as substantial grants of cloud-computing resources for winning research proposals. The program includes a special request for proposals for the Brazilian scientific community, with a submission deadline of June 15. You can learn more about the program, including information on the RFP for the Brazilian scientific community at Microsoft Azure for Research.
The Microsoft booth at SBRC shared information about the Microsoft Azure for Research program, among other Microsoft Research projects.
The SBRC comes on the heels of Microsoft’s deployment of a datacenter in São Paolo, Brazil. This new facility gives Brazilian researchers a faster connection to Microsoft Azure’s highly scalable compute platform. Such local availability has resonated well with SBRC delegates—particularly those attending the Azure training we’ve offered as part of the conference—as they have seen virtual machines and storage provisioned for the first time in-country. At times, the Microsoft booth was swamped by attendees wishing to talk to us about how best to use Microsoft’s cloud and, of course, to pick up a cool Azure for Research T-shirt.
—Juliana Salles, Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Connections