Daniel Fay has over 20 years’ experience working with advanced and cutting edge computing technologies.  He is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Engagements for Microsoft Research, and uses his broad insight in software and hardware to define and lead engagement strategies for new and emerging technologies.  In continually being at the convergence of new technologies, Dan has gained knowledge, expertise, and insight across a wide variety of technologies and domains.  This has included leading multidisciplinary teams to collaborate on addressing scientific challenges as well as developing new programs (ie. Azure for Research) to bring Cloud Computing to Academic Researchers. Dan has project experience working with Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing, Grid Computing, collaboration and visualization tools in scientific research.  Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Dan was a senior software engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation working on OSF/1 and embedded network devices. Dan is a graduate of Northeastern University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Distribution Modeller

Established: February 27, 2013

Since its inception, the Computational Science group has undertaken research and development into new modelling platforms for computational science. The CEESDM project detailed here evolved from the Computational Science Studio project (mentioned in this article) and then evolved into the Altai project. The Altai project then evolved into the Modelling Environment project, the 4th generation of modelling environment being developed by the group (coming soon...). Platform and Computational Experiment for Smith et al. (2015) "Inferred…


Established: November 21, 2011

Powered by WorldWide Telescope A cloud-based user experience, Layerscape employs powerful, everyday tools to analyze and visualize complex Earth and oceanic datasets—enabling scientists to gain environmental insights into Earth. Users can create and share 3-D virtual tours based on their discoveries and collaborate with the Earth-science community in ways that previously seemed impossible. Build your own virtual tours and experience the possibilities. Try Layerscape Visualize Explore Discover Large and complex data sets by using powerful,…

Project Catapult

Established: June 1, 2011

Researchers interested into utilizing Catapult - visit Project Catapult Academic Program. Project Catapult is the technology behind Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric, and is at the center of a comprehensive set of investments Microsoft is making to build a supercomputing substrate that can accelerate our efforts in networking, security, cloud services and artificial intelligence. Our work in this area started in 2010 in response to: Stresses in the silicon ecosystem driven by diminishing rates of CPU…


Established: June 29, 2010

Imagine having the ability to take a virtual tour of the cosmos from your living room. Not just a flat, two dimensional tour, but an experience so engrossing that you have the ability to see the entire sky at once then zoom into detailed views of distant galaxies. The Terapixel project from Microsoft Research makes all of that possible, by creating the largest and clearest image of the night sky ever produced—a terapixel image, now…

NodeXL: Network Overview, Discovery and Exploration in Excel

Established: November 20, 2008

NodeXL is a powerful and easy-to-use interactive network visualisation and analysis tool that leverages the widely available MS Excel application as the platform for representing generic graph data, performing advanced network analysis and visual exploration of networks. The tool supports multiple social network data providers that import graph data (nodes and edge lists) into the Excel spreadsheet. The tool includes an Excel template for easy manipulation of graph data: NodeXL includes a number of features,…

WorldWide Telescope

Established: April 2, 2002

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a virtual telescope to astronomers, a virtual observatory of the Earth to geo-researchers, and an interactive teaching and learning tool to science educators. Since its initial release in late 2006, WWT has become an integral part of many scientists’ research platform and an indispensable curriculum companion for many science teachers worldwide. The WWT project is a collaborative effort between Microsoft Research and a variety of academic and governmental agencies. Microsoft Research is…







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eScience in the cloud


May 14, 2013


Dennis Gannon, Marta Mattoso, and Dan Fay


MSR, COPPE-UFRJ, Microsoft Research

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AstroInformatics 2012: Day 1 Session 2


September 10, 2012


Dan Fay, Eduardo Vera, Ian Foster, Jeff Dozier, and Ravi Pandya


Microsoft, Microsoft Research

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SQL Spatial


April 8, 2011


Ed Katibah



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OData Introduction


April 7, 2011


Alex James


Microsoft OData


NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure

July 2011

A parallel BLAST engine that runs on the Windows Azure cloud fabric, NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure can scale up to hundreds of compute nodes. This cloud-based implementation of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) searches all available sequence databases for similarities between a protein or DNA query…

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WorldWide Telescope Add-in for Excel

June 2011

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) Add-in for Excel enables users to visualize location-based data, with latitude/longitude or right ascension/declination, in WWT. This is achieved by sending data from Excel to WWT with the use of loosely coupled application-programming interfaces exposed by WWT. The Excel add-in enables users to leverage the power of Excel for importing external…

Size: 5 MB

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Project Trident: A Scientific Workflow Workbench

November 2009

Project Trident: A Scientific Workflow Workbench is a set of tools based on the Windows Workflow Foundation that addresses scientists’ need for a flexible, powerful way to analyze large, diverse datasets. It includes graphical tools for creating, running, managing, and sharing workflows and can run workflows on a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster. Project Trident…

Size: 53 MB