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Networking Research Group

Inventing networking & sensing technologies

The Networking Research Group focuses on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems, mobile computing, sensing, and Internet of Things. Researchers build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, release software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product groups.

Our research has created significant impact on Microsoft products, including Azure Networking, with features such as data center network architecture and virtualization, software-driven wide-area network (SWAN), Data Center TCP (DCTCP), Data Center QCN (DCQCN), cloud-scale network emulator, and most recently intra-region RDMA, XBOX, such as the XBOX Wireless Controller Protocol, the Windows Networking Stack, with VirtualWiFi, and many more.

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6G & Space

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Networking for AI

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Zero Trust & Zero Management

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Networking for Industry

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Our impact

We strive to find a balance between long term research and product impact. You may know about our research from the papers we publish and the talks we give, but we also have a broad impact on Microsoft products, including:

  • Azure
  • Bing
  • Office 365
  • Windows
  • Xbox