- Program Committees: PODC’20
- Program Committee Vice Chair for Storage and I/O Systems, 10th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium in Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2020).
- ACM DEBS Most Influential Paper Award, 2019, for this paper
- Multi-Shot Distributed Transaction Commit by Gregory Chockler and Alexey Gotsman wins Best Paper Award at DISC’18: [pdf]
- Organising Chair, PODC’18
- Program Committee Vice Chair for Distributed Algorithms and Theory track, 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS’18).
- IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Award, December 2017.
I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). I am the head of the Distributed and Global Computing group and Programme Director for the Internet-of-Things and Distributed and Networked Systems MSc Programmes.
Prior to joining RHUL in 2012, I was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research between 2005 – 2012, and a Postdoctoral Associate in the Theory of Distributed Systems group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 2003 – 2005.
I obtained my PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in Computer Science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2003, 1998, and 1993 respectively.
My research interests are broadly in the area of distributed computing and systems spanning both theory and practice. I am particularly interested in real-world problems seeking to uncover deep tradeoffs (such as lower bounds and algorithms) and their implications for the system engineering practices. My current focus is on scalability and robustness in modern large-scale computing and storage infrastructures, such as clouds, blockchains, large-scale data centres, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, and multi-core architectures. I am involved in a number of projects tackling various challenges arising in these environments including distributed transactions, data replication, data diffusion, coding and caching among others.
I have co-authored several popular surveys and position papers on cloud computing, distributed storage, and group communication.
My work is being supported by IBM Shared University Research Award, Coleman-Cohen Exchange Programme Grant, Royal Society International Exchanges Grant, and Facebook Faculty Award.
I am actively collaborating with a number of academic institutions and industrial partners world-wide including IMDEA Software Institute, Technion, Tel-Aviv University, Emory University, Cornell, KTH, and IBM Research.
I have been fortunate to work with a number of talented students and postdocs.
I am a co-inventor of several patents.
Notable professional activities and appointments
- Editor, Information Processing Letters, 2010 – 2019.
- Guest Editor, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Special Issue on Cloud Computing, vol. 71 (6).
- Founder and General Chair, Workshop on Large-Scale Distributed Systems and Middleware (LADIS).
- Program and Organising Committee member for flagship conferences and workshops in distributed computing, big data, and cloud computing. Most notable recent activities include Program Committee Vice Chair for Storage and I/O Systems, 10th and 9th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium in Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2020, CCGrid 2019), Program Committee Chair for Distributed Algorithms and Theory track of ICDCS’18, Organising Chair for PODC’18; General Chair for LADIS’17; PC member for PODC’20, DISC’18, PODC’18, SSS’17, DCC’17, ACM SOCC’16, ICDCS’16, IEEE BigData’16, SRDS’16; Grants Chair for EuroSys’16 (see my CV for a full list).
- Reviewing Panel member for ESRC, ISF, IWT, and EIT ICT Labs
Other things I enjoy include playing tennis, traveling to new and exciting places, hiking nature trails, visiting National Trust cultural heritage sites, live music concerts, walking streets of London, short English summer, day trips to France via Channel Tunnel, and spending time with my family.