Microsoft Research Cambridge hosted their second annual Enabling Innovation Through Research (EITR) event. “The event focused on cloud computing, natural user interfaces (NUI) and the transfer for technology from MSR in to Microsoft products. Microsoft teams there had 22 demos on show including one from the European Microsoft Innovation Center; one from the BSC-Microsoft Research Centre, a collaborative effort by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Microsoft Research Cambridge; another from the lab’s partnership with Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the French national institute for research in computer science and control; and a fourth from Microsoft Research’s eXtreme Computing Group. Some of the demos listed are really amazing…one titled “Making Data Centres Power-Proportional: Clearing the Storage Hurdle”. Evidently the team in Cambridge has been working on a new data centre storage layer called “Sierra” that handles migration of storage when machines are powered down for energy conservation,” writes Steve.
More info: EITR 2010