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The Microsoft Research blog provides in-depth views and perspectives from our researchers, scientists and engineers, plus information about noteworthy events and conferences, scholarships, and fellowships designed for academic and scientific communities.

Honoring Burton Smith, a creative visionary in computing

Burton J. Smith, an internationally recognized leader in high performance computer architecture, a co-founder of Cray, Inc. and a Microsoft technical fellow who innovated in the field of parallel computing and devoted his life to helping others, died April 3 at Regional Hospital in Highline Medical Center in Burien, Washington. He was 77. He is survived by two daughters, Julia and Katherine. Burton’s wife Dorothy had preceded him in death. Among his colleagues at Microsoft,…

April 2018

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Give your dissertation a boost with a grant from Microsoft Research

Need funding to clear a hurdle in the final stages of your dissertation research? Microsoft Research is offering grants of up to US $25,000 to help a select group of doctoral students cross the finish line and enter the workforce. The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant is for PhD students at U.S. and Canadian universities from underrepresented groups in computing, including women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders and/or people with disabilities. The program…

February 2018

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The future is quantum with Dr. Krysta Svore

Episode 8, January 17, 2018 – If someone mentions quantum computing, and you find yourself outwardly nodding your head, but secretly shaking it, you’re in good company: some of the world’s smartest people admit they don’t really understand it either. Fortunately, some of the world’s other smartest people, like Dr. Krysta Svore, Principal Research Manager of the Microsoft Quantum – or QuArC – group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, actually DO understand quantum computing, and…

January 2018

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What problems will we solve with a quantum computer?

New paper suggests quantum computers will address problems that could have substantial scientific and economic impact With rapid recent advances in quantum technology, we have drawn ever closer to the threshold of quantum devices whose computational powers can exceed those of classical supercomputers. But when a useful, scalable general-purpose quantum computer arrives, what problems will it solve? Much work has already been done towards identifying areas where quantum computing provides a clear improvement over traditional…

July 2017

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Supersingular Isogeny

Where cryptography and quantum computing intersect

By Kristin Lauter, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research Last week I spent time at the American Institute of Mathematics in San Jose, working with a group of 20 or so mathematicians and computer scientists on questions related to quantum arithmetic, at a conference co-organized by researchers in the Microsoft Research (MSR) Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuArC) group. You might ask, why is a cryptographer working on this topic? (And also, when will we have a quantum…

May 2017

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Microsoft Quantum Challenge results are in!

By Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, Microsoft Research Throughout his life, Albert Einstein, who pioneered the theory of relativity, was skeptical about quantum computing. He was of the opinion that the quantum mechanical theory was incomplete, and was “spooky action at a distance.” How far we’ve come since then! In the last three decades, quantum algorithms have been developed that offer fast solutions to problems in a variety of fields, including number theory, optimization,…

May 2016

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