At Stanford University, an excellent presentations delivered by the teams of students enrolled in CS210, Project-Based Computer Science Innovation & Development — designed to provide computer science students with an opportunity to collaborate on a real-world project provided by corporate partner. "Microsoft External Research handed over a challange to students was to make satellite data more accessible to environmental scientists. Specifically, Team Nimbus was tasked with reducing costs, time and complexity associated with managing satellite images while at the same time improving reliability of those images, which're often difficult to manipulate on a desktop.
The result "CloudLab," which utilizes Windows Azure platform to remove heaviest work from the desktop and put it in the cloud, where there's far more computing power & accessibility. During development of CloudLab, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory served as team's customers," Microsoft Research writes.