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Naga Govindaraju is currently a partner engineering manager in Microsoft Azure Compute team. Before joining Azure, Naga was a senior researcher and manager of the Many-core Applications Incubation group at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Naga was a research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill between 2004-2006. He received a B. Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In his current role, Naga provides technical leadership across Azure, Windows Server, Hyper-V and Kernel groups to deliver core capabilities for the Cloud. Naga is also responsible for the development and automation of the data center management processes. These include software design, development and management policies for planned maintenance, failure handling of software and hardware infrastructure, security and host process management, etc. As part of the many-core incubation leadership team, Naga has been responsible for the design and incubation of next-generation application experiences leveraging novel UIs. Examples of his projects include Project Gustav - a novel system that efficiently models 3D brushes and art media to enable a fully immersive digital painting experience, and Project Salzburg - a data driven sound synthesis engine designed to create realistic audio variations within video games. Naga has been a key contributor to the design of DirectCompute in DirectX11 and lead the development of DirectX Compute Shader Extensions. Naga's research focuses on the design of efficient parallel algorithms to solve several computational problems in computer graphics, databases and high performance computing. He received the IEEE VR PRESENCE best paper award in 2005 and the Indy PennySort award in 2006 for designing the world's best reported performance/price sorting algorithm for large data management systems. Naga received Microsoft Gold Star awards in 2008 and 2009 for his contributions to parallel programming and multi-core applications respectively. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in major graphics, database and HPC journals and conferences such as ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SIGMOD and ACM SuperComputing. Naga has organized and presented tutorials at ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SuperComputing, Eurographics, VLDB and IEEE ICDE. He has also served in the program committees of many conferences.