About me

Short bio

A research and innovation lead in broad aspects of reliability and security of distributed systems with focus on blockchains and advances in financial technology. Co-inventor of HotStuff, co-founder and technical co-lead of VMware blockchain, co-inventor of Flexible Paxos (the technology behind Log Device), creator and tech lead of CorfuDB (a database-less database driving VMware’s NSX-T distributed control plane), and co-inventor of the FairPlay project.

Chief Research Officer of Chainlink Labs since Q1/2022. From 2019 to 2022, served three roles in the Diem(Libra) project: CTO at the Diem Association, Lead Maintainer of the Diem open-source project, and Lead Researcher at Novi. In 2014, after the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab, co-founded VMware Research and became a Principal Researcher at VMware until June 2019. Prior to that, over two decades of research contributions spanning industrial research at Microsoft Research, 2004-2014, and at AT&T Labs, 1995-1999; and as a tenured Associate Professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999-2007.

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