Microsoft's code-named "Project Daytona," an Iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure is now available for download. It is the first release of cloud analytics technology developed by its eXtreme Computing Group.
"Project Daytona is designed to support a wide class of data analytics and machine-learning algorithms. It can scale to hundreds of server cores for analysis of distributed data. Project Daytona was developed as part of the eXtreme Computing Group's Cloud Research Engagement Initiative," Microsoft described.
A brief note on the Microsoft Research site describes Daytona as follows:
"Using Daytona, a user can submit a model, such as a data-analytics or machine-learning algorithm, written as a map-and-reduce function to the Daytona service for execution on Windows Azure. The Daytona runtime will coordinate the execution of the map-and-reduce tasks that implement the algorithm across multiple Azure virtual machines."
Here's part of a poster from Microsoft Research's TechFest 2011 showcase that mentions Daytona. According to the poster, the MapReduce-Daytona combination make use of the compute and storage services built into Azure.
You can download Project Daytona here.