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Posted by Roy Levin, managing director of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
The latest in a series of posts from the directors of Microsoft Research’s labs worldwide, this one from Roy Levin of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley.
Microsoft Research (MSR) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and, coincidentally, it was MSR Silicon Valley’s 10th anniversary. MSR Silicon Valley was created with a focus on distributed computing, broadly speaking, and as I think back over our first decade, I’m gratified at the breadth and depth of work we’ve done under the distributed-computing banner. That work spans many areas, and we’ve published it extensively, as is the norm at Microsoft Research.
The best research comes out of strong collaborations, and we’ve enjoyed many fruitful collaborations with our academic partners and within Microsoft. Because much of the work involves technology that is incorporated in larger systems, however, it isn’t always evident how much of our work has contributed to Microsoft products and services. A 10th anniversary is a good time to look back and highlight some of that impact:
We have other technology transfers to Microsoft products, both in the past and under way. As we look toward the next decade of computing and the role that distributed computing will play in everyone’s life, such as the ubiquity of trustworthy cloud-based services, the work of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley will see even broader application. We’re excited by that prospect as we enter our second decade.