PhD: Microsoft Research Connections and Cloud Computing for Science


July 4, 2012


After a brief introduction of MSR Connections mission and activities, the speaker will review the current data intensive trends in computational science and present a practical approach to address the various resulting computing issues with the emerging cloud computing paradigm, in the context of an EU supported collaborative European project.


Fabrizio Gagliardi

In the present position since July 2008. In this position part of an EMEA team responsible for MSR Connections in EMEA. Based in Geneva with main office at the MSR research centre in Cambridge UK.

As part of this job supporting and contributing to MSR Cloud computing strategy in Europe, including the incubation of a major EU project (, and with direct engagements with major national funding agencies. Responsible for the strategic planning of the Cloud Computing team at the MSR ATLE in Germany.

He joined Microsoft in November 2005, when after the last EGEE ( conference in his home town of Pisa, Fabrizio Gagliardi took responsibility for the company Technical Computing Initiative in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Before then and starting at the end of the 90’ he was among the pioneers in developing and introducing Grid computing in Europe, this led to projects like EU-DataGrid and EGEE, of which he was Principal Investigator and Director from 2000 till 2005.

In 2004-2005 while still Director of EGEE he contributed to the incubation and launching of more than 10 other EU projects all inspired and supported by the EU EGEE flag-ship.


  • Portrait of Fabrizio Gagliardi

    Fabrizio Gagliardi