Microsoft Funds UVa Research

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 21, 2005

Scientists and engineers may soon be working on their research quicker and more productively.

Microsoft is giving about $250,000 to UVa's computer science department for research. They are already well known for their business software, but now they are attempting to break into the science and engineering market.

UVa is providing feedback and working to use large data bases and more efficient simulations for scientific research.

"As we do more of the computational studies, the ability to find the data we need is going to be increasingly important...better drugs, safer aircraft, safer automobiles," said Marty Humprey a professor in the UVa Computer Science Department.

The five super computers are now more affordable for the consumer-- costing about $5,000 whereas seven years ago--you were looking at $1 million each.

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