in collaboration with Microsoft Research

An exciting development in cloud computing is the Cloud-Scale Acceleration Architecture by Microsoft, which is upgrading its servers in data centers worldwide with field-programmable devices.

A PhD scholarship is available to an outstanding student who would take part in a project which aims to enhance the Cloud-Scale Acceleration Architecture by exploiting the latest advances in hardware, software and networking technologies. It addresses two issues: to improve cloud computing performance while reducing costs, and to accelerate critical applications such as distributed machine learning and big data analytics.

The project involves close collaboration with Microsoft Research in Cambridge and with Microsoft Azure in Redmond. It has significant scope for original research that can lead to major impact on next-generation cloud computing systems. It will be jointly supervised by Wayne Luk (Imperial College), Paolo Costa and Hitesh Ballani (Microsoft Research Cambridge), and Derek Chiou (Microsoft Azure).

Anyone who wishes to be considered for the PhD scholarship should send a CV and a one-page summary of their experience and their research interests, explaining their relevance to the project described above, to Wayne Luk ( or to Paolo Costa ( preferably by 13 March, 2017. Informal enquiries about the proposed project can be sent to Wayne or Paolo.

To make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.