Microsoft Research is working with the global research community to support the use of cloud computing in science, and are specifically interested in providing resources for researchers to experiment with the cloud, and become familiar with available tools and technologies.
Microsoft Azure is now available for use for scientific applications through variety of platforms including Windows, Linux virtual machines and programming languages such as Python, Java/C++. In addition, Microsoft Azure research grants are available for major compute and storage projects.
The program will cover a variety of "hands-on labs" with programming examples predominantly in Python and Java. No prior experience of cloud computing or Microsoft Azure is expected. The only prerequisite is some programming experience. This two-day course is presented by specialized trainers and is geared towards post-doctoral researchers, research faculty, and of course, graduate research students.
Attendees will be able to access Microsoft Azure on their own laptop during the training and for evaluation purposes for up to six months after the event. The attendee's laptop does not need to have the Windows operating system installed – Microsoft Azure is accessed via an Internet browser. After attending the course, researchers will feel confident in applying cloud computing in their current and future research.
The no-cost two-day hands-on technical training is available to faculty, post docs and graduate student researchers who would benefit from this training and program and will be held on Sept 24 and 25 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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