At 2010 Faculty Summit, which brings together more than 350 academic thought leaders, Microsoft awarded "$1.4 million in research grants through the Faculty Fellows grant program."
Microsoft also unveiled "TeraPixel" sky map for WWT— the largest & highest-quality spherical image of sky, created from data provided by Digitized Sky Survey. When those images are combined and processed, TeraPixel image provides a complete, spherical, panoramic rendering of the night skies that, if displayed at full size, would require 50,000 high-definition televisions to view. The new high-quality image will provide scientists with ability to navigate through space dynamically to make their own discoveries."
Creating TeraPixel image was a massive data-capture process requiring latest in scientific tools. Microsoft researchers used Project Trident workflow workbench and DryadLINQ interface for Microsoft .NET to combine thousands of images and systematically remove differences in exposure, brightness, noise floor and color saturation.
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