Running Matlab on Azure – Provision a MATLAB Distributed Computing Server using Azure VMs

Run your MATLAB compute-intensive parallel workloads by creating one or more MATLAB Distributed Computing Server clusters using Azure Virtual Machines. Pre-Requisites Before starting you will need the following: An Azure account and subscription are required to create cluster virtual machines and Azure Storage accounts. Azure PowerShell is a set of modules that provide cmdlets to…

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Microsoft Dream Build Play Game Development Competition $200,000 in prizes

Calling all game developers Push the boundaries of creativity and challenge yourself to craft experiences that deeply engage your players. This competition is open to all developers, working solo or in teams of up to seven. Create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) game for one of the categories below by December 31, 2017 and you’ll…

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Exploring Pi with Jupyter & Azure Notebooks

A guest post by Ben Curnow, Microsoft Student Partner from the University of Cambridge. Introduction Pi could end up being a questionable choice of topic to place within the title of this blog. Not only because computers are.. well… computers, and can only represent Pi to a finite precision. Ok, I admit, 2.7+ trillion digits…

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Count down to World Wide finals of Imagine Cup

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise, will host the Imagine Cup Championships, which you can watch via a special webcast at 9 a.m. PDT on Thursday, July 27. Interested in learning more about the Imagine Cup UK Imagine Cup 2017 Finalist Video Microsoft Helping Students to Start-ups taking their ideas to…

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Cloud Computing & Skills for a Digital Workforce

Guest post by Derek Foster from The Lincoln School of Computer Science (LSoCS) The LSoCS recently moved into their new purpose-built Isaac Newton Building to support successful and ongoing growth. The building hosts new facilities for students include several fab-labs and large state-of-the-art computer labs. The School is currently driven on improving teaching and career…

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Hosting and Performing Hackathons

I was asked to speak at the Microsoft Academic Conference, in Redmond this week and provide world wide academics with some top tips for hosting hackathons. Here is a quick summary of some top tips. Setting up Hackathons Step 1.  Lock Down a Venue Before you book an event space, make sure it has everything…

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Using Shibboleth and Domain Connecting your Data Science Virtual Machine

Installing Shibboleth and federating it with your Office365 AAD A number of institutions have contact me asking how they can configure a Shibboleth server running on Windows Server or Linux. The following details are from Azure Engineers James Evans and Ashley Reason. Installing Shibboleth on Windows Please note: Shibboleth configuration XML file content is case…

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Android Development with Azure Mobile App Services

Guest blog by Microsoft Student Partner Isaac Hutt I am a First (soon to be Second) Year student at Imperial College London studying Computing. I have a passion for open source technologies and Android development, specifically brining information from sources such as Wikipedia to remote communities. I love trying out new technologies, reading articles on…

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Windows Server 2016 – Data Science Virtual Machine

Last month the DSVM team released the Data Science VM on the Windows Server 2016. The main highlights of the Windows 2016 DSVMs • Unified CPU/GPU image that can be deployed on CPU only VMs or VMs with GPUs. Drivers for GPU, GPU versions of popular deep learning frameworks (CNTK, TF, Mxnet) are preinstalled in…

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Using Azure Stack to teach DevOps and IT skills

What to learn Azure but your institution cannot scale to provide Azure for all students? have you considered teaching with Azure Stack! Azure Stack is a stack of technologies Microsoft is designing for customers and partners to run in their own datacentres. Azure Stack includes “experiences” and programming interfaces that Microsoft offers via its own…

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