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ECE’s Prof. Dan Blumenthal represents UCSB in Microsoft’s Optics for the Cloud Research Alliance

August 27th, 2019

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UCSB selected as charter member of Microsoft’s Optics for the Cloud Research Alliance

The world is moving to the cloud at an ever-increasing rate. The cloud allows people to store, access and process data on a worldwide distributed computer that is connected by the internet, rather than be limited to local computers and hard drives. The process known as cloud computing has evolved, delivering information at fast speeds and high-performance levels, and simpler than ever for users to setup, maintain and access. It also is enabling new applications.

The cloud today is built with a sophisticated infrastructure of data centers connected by fiber optic networks. Due to the exploding demand for cloud computing, technology companies like Microsoft are researching ways to scale data centers and the networks that connect them to deliver increased capacity and faster communication speeds, while at the same time being cost effective and energy efficient. To address the continued growth of the cloud, Microsoft Research has assembled a cross-disciplinary team of scientists to explore how optics can revolutionize the next generation of the cloud. Optical technologies are used to encode data onto light and transmit this data over sophisticated fiber optic data communications networks at extremely high speeds.

UC Santa Barbara is one of six universities in the world — and the only institution from the United States — selected as inaugural members of Microsoft’s Optics for the Cloud Research Alliance. ECE Professor Daniel Blumenthal represents the university in the alliance.

The UCSB Current – "Next-Gen Cloud Computing" (full article)

Blumenthal's COE Profile

Blumenthal's Optical Communications and Photonic Integration Group (OCPI)