Recently, Microsoft altered its course and discontinued work on its High Performance Computing (HPS) also known as "Dryad". This development followed a month after Microsoft announced their plans to focus on developing a Windows Azure and Windows Server-based implementation of open source Apache Hadoop.
After working for five years on Dryad, a post on Windows HPC Team Blog on 11th November revealed that this project has been abandoned even before a production release.
On Wednesday, Microsoft-watcher Mary Jo Foley, reported this action by Microsoft for the first time on ZDNet (opens in new tab).
The aim of Dryad was to run big-data jobs on HPC, a clustered server environment of Microsoft, which can be seen as a potential competitor or an alternative of Hadoop, a fast developing distributed data processing platform.
Before Microsoft it was IBM and EMC that adopted Hadoop and both of them released their own distributions of software in the current year. Oracle also declared on 3rd October that they are looking to bring out another Hadoop release next year with support for Oracle Big Data Appliance.
Don Patte, a senior program manager with HPC, stated that, "Hadoop has emerged as a great platform for analyzing unstructured data or large volumes of data at low cost."
Patte also added, "It also has a vibrant community of users and developers eager to innovate on this platform", reported Information Week (opens in new tab).