I am Chief Technology Officer at Diem Association, Lead Maintainer of the Diem project, and Lead Researcher at Novi.
I have applied and foundational research interest in broad aspects of reliability and security of distributed systems. For over two decades, I participated in driving innovation in tech, notably: 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 (see Corfu github repo), and co-inventor of the FairPlay project.
I joined the Diem (Libra) team in June 2019, first as a Lead Reseacher at Novi and later as Chief Technology Officer at the Diem Association. In 2014, after the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab, I co-founded VMware Research and became a Principal Researcher at VMware until June 2019. From 2004-2014, I was a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley. From 1999-2007, I served as tenured associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1995-1999, I was a senior researcher at AT&T Labs, NJ. I hold Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Selected roles and distinctions:
- IEEE TCDP Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 2021.
- ACM fellow, 2011.
- IBM Faculty award recipient, 2003 and 2004.
- German-Israeli Foundation (G.I.F.) Young Scientist career award, 2002.
- Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC) 2014-2016.
- Associate editor of the Distributed Computing Journal since 2002.
- Program chair for Usenix ATC 2019, LADIS 2012 , Locality 2007, PODC 2006, Locality 2005 and DISC 2002.
- Co-chair of the Simons Institute Advisory Board 2019-2021
- Advisory board member of Cryptoeconomic Systems 2019-