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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.

Researchers seek to simplify the complex in cloud computing

From February 26–28, researchers gathered in Boston for the 16th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), one of the top conferences in the networking and systems field. Microsoft, a silver sponsor of the event, was represented by researchers serving on the program committee, as well as those presenting papers, including two research teams using novel abstractions to empower and better serve cloud users. “Both papers describe new ways to cope with the…

March 2019

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High performance container networking

Researchers and engineers from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Azure have contributed nine scientific papers to the technical program of the 16th Annual USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation – NSDI ‘19 – to be held in Boston, Massachusetts between February 26 and February 28, 2019. Our papers cover some of the latest technologies Microsoft has developed in networked systems. While I would love to discuss all of our papers in detail, that would…

February 2019

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SEC 2018

10 years is an eternity in the tech world, but we are just getting started

I vividly remember October 29, 2008. I had invited colleagues from academia and industry to Building 99, home of Microsoft Research, for a daylong meeting to discuss the future of mobile and cloud computing. My friends flew to Redmond, Washington, from different parts of the world, and together in one of the conference rooms, we brainstormed ideas, using the whiteboard to design new cloud architectures, write down problems, and explore challenges. Eventually, we came up…

October 2018

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RAVEN: Reducing Power Consumption of Mobile Games without Compromising User Experience

In the last decade, mobile gaming has grown into a huge industry. According to Newzoo, the global mobile games market will reach $46.1 billion in 2017, a 19.4% increase from the year before. Players can enjoy amazing gaming experience on mobile devices due to the increasingly powerful processing capability of modern mobile GPUs. However, such gaming experience comes at a big cost: power consumption. The power consumption of mobile GPUs linearly increases with the amount…

February 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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Improving AI Systems with Human Feedback and no Heartburn

Humans play an indispensable role in many modern AI-enabled services – not just as consumers of the service, but as the actual intelligence behind the artificial intelligence. From news portals to e-commerce websites, it is people’s ratings, clicks, and other interactions which provide a teaching signal used by the underlying intelligent systems to learn. While these human-in-the-loop systems improve through user interaction over time, they must also provide enough short-term benefit to people to be…

February 2018

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Microsoft Research and Microsoft Azure improve the efficiency and capacity of cloud-scale optical networks

Today, at HotNets 2017, the Sixteenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, we shared with you some important research results from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Azure that show how we can increase the capacity of optical networks without purchasing new fibers. Data, data, data – it’s all about the data Our journey to understand and improve optical networks began several years ago. To innovate we first needed to measure the operational efficiency of our optical…

December 2017

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Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research take giant step towards eliminating network downtime

At the 26th ACM Annual Symposium on Operating Systems and Principles, better known as SOSP 2017, my colleagues described a new technology called CrystalNet – a high-fidelity, cloud-scale emulator that helps network engineers nearly eliminate network downtime related to routine maintenance and upgrades as well as software bugs and human errors.  A collaboration by Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research teams, CrystalNet was developed through the application of two years’ worth of research to create an…

October 2017

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PhD Fellowship 2018

Nominations wanted: Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program 2018

At Microsoft Research, we are on the lookout for exceptional students to apply for our two-year PhD fellowship program. Our fellowships are for students in computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, as well as interdisciplinary studies intersecting with those domains such as computational biology, social sciences and economics. We encourage department heads at universities in the United States and Canada to start preparing applications now to nominate outstanding fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. Nominated…

September 2017

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Summer Institute unpacks the future of IoT

By John Roach, Writer, Microsoft Research Within the next 5 to 10 years, tens of billions of things will be connected to the internet. They’ll monitor rainfall in rain forests and engine performance in airplanes, guide robotic teachers around classrooms and robotic aids around nursing homes, keep tabs on milk in refrigerators and fans at baseball games along with millions of other yet imagined scenarios for this future Internet of Things. Leading researchers from across…

July 2017

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Path Guide: A New Approach to Indoor Navigation

By Yuanchao Shu, Associate Researcher, and Börje Karlsson, Sr. Research Dev Lead, Microsoft Research Mobile outdoor GPS navigation apps have proven to be lifesavers to countless people. With a smartphone in hand, it is easy to find your way to a destination, even in an unfamiliar city. However, it is still easy to get lost indoors, where GPS satellite signals are not accurately traceable for navigation applications. How often have you had a hard time…

July 2017

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