Two Microsoft researchers will speak at NCSA from 11 a.m. to noon March 28 in Room 1040.
Krishna Kumar, senior academic relations manager at Microsoft, will give a talk on Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform.
Abstract: Every few years, a revolution changes the way we use computers. Think of huge mainframes in the 1960s, minicomputers in the 1970s, personal computers in the 1980s and smartphones over the last decade. Cloud computing is poised to be the next big paradigm shift in the computing landscape by bringing together advances in technologies like virtualization, massive scale computing, communication formats and flexible data protocols. Kumar will cover Windows Azure – Microsoft’s internet-scale cloud services platform, which provides an operating system and a rich set of developer services that allow you to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities.
Arjmand Samuel, a research program manager at Microsoft Research, will give a talk on "Project Hawaii: Mobile + Cloud."
Abstract: Innovations in wireless networking technology are driving our increasingly connected world, with smartphones gaining acceptance for both professional and private use. In the future, we foresee a vast majority of smartphone apps relying on cloud services to enhance the mobile experiences. Project Hawaii, a research and academic outreach program by Microsoft Research, envisions the next generation of mobile experiences to rely heavily on cloud services—with services being a natural extension of the mobile platform. As part of Project Hawaii we have developed a set of cloud services and an SDK, allowing development of Windows Phone 7 apps harnessing the power of the cloud, on a mobile platform. In this talk I will provide an overview of the project, some details about its academic outreach component and future directions of this project.