Microsoft Corp.’s Silicon Valley research lab was founded in August 2001 by Director Roy Levin and Assistant Director Michael Schroeder. Its work focuses on advancing the state of the art in distributed computing and related fields, while strengthening the architecture and technology of Microsoft products.
As computing networks expand, every enterprise finds itself with an increasingly complex distributed system, one that needs to be reliable, scalable and secure. The approximately 75 researchers at the Silicon Valley lab work to address that need, combining theory with best practices to help solve problems in the areas of security and privacy, operating systems, scalability, storage, information sharing, fault tolerance, Web search, data mining, and system architecture.
Microsoft Research Silicon Valley works with Microsoft business divisions on the Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, Calif., and in Redmond, Wash. These engagements provide the opportunity to examine real-world scenarios and customer problems and to validate potential solutions. They also reveal and motivate directions for additional research.
The proximity of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley to Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Santa Cruz enables regular collaboration with graduate students, professors and other academics. These collaborations with graduate students often come in the form of summer internships, during which the students work alongside full-time researchers to solve significant technical problems. Microsoft researchers also collaborate extensively with leading university research faculty around the world. These collaborations frequently produce jointly authored papers for leading industry conferences and refereed journals of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) and other organizations. Microsoft Silicon Valley researchers regularly teach advanced courses and seminars at local universities as highly esteemed thought leaders in their respective fields.
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