Windows Azure for Research project

Microsoft Research Connections has announced “The Windows Azure for Research project” which enables researchers to use the power of Windows Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud.

Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Windows Azure in research. The details can be found here. Winning proposals will be awarded large allocations of Windows Azure storage and compute resources for a period of one year. Proposals will be evaluated and awards announced six times a year. The first deadline for proposals is October 15, 2013, and results will be announced within two weeks after that date. The next deadline is December 15, 2013, and on the fifteenth of every other month after that. Please continue to monitor this web site for future RFPs that might have specific targeted areas.

Microsoft Research is planning to hold a 2 day cloud training workshop in Brisbane and in Melbourne in April 2014 .This workshop will inform researchers how Windows Azure can accelerate your research.These will be free of charge and will provide a “hands on” experience for academics and students with facilitators from Redmond providing the training. Numbers will be limited to 50 per workshop. Microsoft Research will be able to provide some funding for travel and accommodation for New Zealand based faculty and students as well as for Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra based faculty and students. If you have an interest in attending this workshop please email John Warren and let him know. In addition let him know if you have student/s who would also like to attend. 

John Warren
Manager, Australia & New Zealand Research Programs

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