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Case Studies: Microsoft Azure for Research

Learn about some of the ways that people are using the power of Microsoft Azure for data-driven computing in the cloud. If you are using Microsoft Azure for a cloud-based research project and would like to share your story, please contact azurerfp@microsoft.com.

Coping with floods—of water and data

Coping with floods—of water and data

Researchers from the University of Texas partnered with other researchers, federal agencies, and first responders to create the National Flood Interoperability Experiment (NFIE). They used Microsoft Azure to build a new national flood data-modeling and mapping system with the potential to provide life- and cost-saving information to the public. Read more…

 

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Understanding cloud forests through the power of cloud computing

Understanding cloud forests through the power of cloud computing

The Brazilian Cloud Forest Sensing Project is studying how cloud forests function in response to climatic variability. The project deployed more than 700 sensors connected to the Internet of Things through Microsoft Azure and is gathering integrated data on physical and biological processes within the study site. Read more…

 

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Eco-testing a building before it is even built

Buildings Go Green...in the Cloud

New civil engineering tools that take advantage of the power of cloud computing on Microsoft Azure have the potential to reduce the time and cost of energy-efficient building by allowing in-depth simulations of a building’s performance during the design phase. Read more…

 

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Cloud computing unlocks drug discovery

Helping scientists discover new drugs

Toxicity prediction presents a great challenge to scientists developing new drugs; the massive data analysis requirements require a costly computer infrastructure. But with Microsoft Azure, scientists can analyze big data affordably and quickly—in the cloud. Read more…

 

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Fighting wildfires with data

Fighting Wildfires with Data  The University of the Aegean in Greece developed a new application—featuring Bing Maps, Microsoft Silverlight, and Microsoft Azure—to determine the daily wildfire risk in Lesvos during its dry season. With the help of a daily visualization of the environmental factors, the island’s fire management team uses the app to determine resource allocation for the day. Read more… 

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A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud

Using ChronoZoom to build a comprehensive timeline of climate change in the cloud

A professor explores the history of climate change in depth in his graduate-level Earth System Science class. To help students visualize events through the ages, he is using ChronoZoom, an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. ChronoZoom stores and processes data in the cloud (through Microsoft Azure). Read more...

 

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Supercomputing on demand with Microsoft Azure 

Searching for genetic causes of disease 

Learn how Microsoft Azure can simplify the management of large-scale computations and how, together with FaST-LMM—an algorithm developed by Microsoft Research—it drastically reduced processing times to find new associations between genomes and diseases. Read more... 

 

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