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Lorenzo Alvisi

Professor Emeritus
Department of Computer Science

Professorship in Computer Sciences #5 | Distinguished Teaching Professor

Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, Networking Security


Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Ph.D. in Computer Science: Cornell (1996) 
M.S. in Computer Science: Cornell (1994) 
Laurea in Physics: Università di Bologna, Italy (1987)

Research Interests

Alvisi's research is in distributed computing, with a particular emphasis on issues of dependability.

Selected Publications

Making Byzantine Fault-Tolerant Systems Tolerate Byzantine Faults (with A. Clement, M. Marchetti, E. Wong, and M. Dahlin). In Proceedings of the 6th USENIX Symposium of Network Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '09) , Boston, MA, April 2009, pp. 153-168.

FlightPath: Obedience vs. Choice in Cooperative Services, with H. Li, A. Clement, M. Marchetti, E. Kapritsos, L. Robison, and M. Dahlin. In Proceedings of the 8th Symposium on Operating System Design and Implementation (OSDI Ô08) , San Diego, CA, December 2008, pp. 355-368.

Zyzzyva: Speculative Byzantine Fault Tolerant Replication, with R. Kotla, M. Dahlin, A. Clement, and E. L. Wong. In Proceedings of the 21st ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2007), Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA, October 2007, pp. 45-58.

BAR Fault Tolerance for Cooperative Services, with A.S. Ayer, A. Clement, M. Dahlin, J.P. Martin, and C. Porth. In Proceedings of the 20th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2005), Brighton, United Kingdom, October 2005, pp. 45-58.

Separating Agreement from Execution in Byzantine Fault-Tolerant Services, with J. Yin, J.P. Martin, A. Venkataramani, and M. Dahlin. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2003), Bolton Landing, NY, October 2003, pp. 253-268.

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • ACM Fellow
  • Humboldt Research Award
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Two IBM University Partnership Faculty Awards
  • Best paper award, 2005 and 2007 Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP)
  • Best paper award, 2007 USENIX Technical Conference
  • Best paper award, 2005 Symposium on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN)
  • 2010 Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award
  • 2009 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2008 Texas Exes Teaching Award for Outstanding Professor for the College of Natural Sciences
  • Visiting Scientist at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China (Summer 2010)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, Italy (Summer 2008)
  • Visiting Professor at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy (Summer 2005)
  • Visiting Professor at Cornell University (2002-2003)