We seek to spur cross-disciplinary research between the optics community and computer scientists at this exciting intersection between physics and computer science. What new computation models make sense? How could end-to-end systems be built spanning storage, compute, and networking—in the optical domain?
At Microsoft Research Cambridge, we are creating disruptive technologies for the cloud by using optics. Most technology used in data centers today was designed before the cloud existed and is hindered by its legacy design. We are inventing future, non-legacy-based technologies to empower the next generation of the cloud; by creating new types of storage, network and compute resources that exploit optics.
We are assembling a world-leading highly inter-disciplinary team to ask the simple question – how can optics for the cloud change the cloud? We are also collaborating in this effort as part of the Optics for the Cloud Research Alliance, a joint effort between leading research groups in the field that includes Microsoft, University College London, University of Cambridge, and others.
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The successful candidate will be based at Aston institute of Photonic Technologies and will be expected to spend 3 months of the studentship at Microsoft Research Cambridge, enjoying the benefits of world leading grating fabrication and system test facilities at Aston, and the opportunity to develop and test data center switching architectures at Microsoft.
The successful candidate will be based at Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL enjoying the benefits of world leading Optical Networks Group expertise and experimental facilities while expected to frequently visit Microsoft Research Cambridge, to develop realistic Data Centre environment and test conditions.
Microsoft Research is looking for highly motivated PhD students with experience in optics to join us in an exciting project involving Holography and Head Mounted Displays. The project involves solving a range of practical challenges of modern HMD displays with its core being a holographic projection system. Search “holograms: the future of near-eye display” for more information.