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Microsoft, IISc research pact

business Updated: Oct 12, 2007 22:49 IST
BR Srikanth
BR Srikanth
Hindustan Times
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Microsoft research announced a research and collaboration agreement with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Friday. Under the agreement, the first of its kind in India, Microsoft Research will provide funds and research expertise over the next two to three years to assist in major projects in the areas of life sciences research and advanced high-performance cumputing platforms based on the on Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

IISc is the first organisation chosen in India as part of Microsoft Research's initiative to join hands with renowned institutions across the globe in advanced computing for science and engineering.

"Our mission is to conduct state-of-the art research and apply technology to reduce the time to insights for scientific discovery and drive innovations. We aim to empower scientists by providing them advanced computing technologies across scientific domains. This collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science is the first one in India. We are already working with more than 20 leading research institutions and government agencies around the world to positively impact science and engineering research," Tony Hey, Vice President, External Research, Microsoft Research, said here on Friday.

Microsoft Research would collaborate with IISc on projects involving biological data mapping and on high performance applications using commodity clusters for scientific research, Hey said.