I got my Ph.D. from the University of Bologna in 2000, whe­re I also ser­ved as Research Assistant from 2002 to 2005. I am now Associate Professor at the University of Trento, whe­re I teach cour­ses rela­ted to algo­ri­thms (clas­si­cal and distri­bu­ted). My research is focu­sed on lar­ge-sca­le decen­tra­li­zed systems — I’m fasci­na­ted by the pos­si­bi­li­ty of coor­di­na­ting mas­si­ve amoun­ts of machi­nes using cle­ver distri­bu­ted algo­ri­thms.

Research Statement

My research inte­rests inclu­de distri­bu­ted com­pu­ting, fault-tole­ran­ce, peer-to-peer and gos­sip pro­to­cols. My main goal is to deve­lop pro­to­cols and systems that sur­vi­ve to fai­lu­res and to dyna­mi­sm. I recen­tly star­ted to explo­re other areas, thou­gh, like net­work repre­sen­ta­tion lear­ning.

Phd Students (Past)

Alessio Guerrieri (SpazioDati)
Hanna Kavalionak (ISTI-CNR)
Giuliano Mega (SpazioDati)
Marco Biazzini (Amadeus)


Peersim is a fra­mework for simu­la­ting lar­ge-sca­le distri­bu­ted systems, aka peer-to-peer systems, writ­ten in coo­pe­ra­tion with Mark Jelasity, Spyros Voulgaris, Gian Paolo Jesi.  We are not acti­ve­ly deve­lo­ping it any more; ver­sion 1.0.5 has been relea­sed on September 29th, 2009.

  • Based on SourceForge sta­ti­stics, it has been down­loa­ded 32,000+ times!
  • Based on Google Scholar, 1000+ papers cite it

Jgroup/Arm com­bi­nes Jgroup, an inte­gra­tion of group tech­no­lo­gy with distri­bu­ted objec­ts, and ARM, the auto­no­mous repli­ca­tion mana­ge­ment system. It has been writ­ten in coo­pe­ra­tion with Hein Meling. This pro­ject was the out­put of our Ph.D. the­ses.


  • General co-chair of SASO’18, Trento, Italy, September 2018
  • Tutorial spea­ker at Middleware’16, Trento, Italy, December 2016
  • Tutorial spea­ker at ICDCS’16, Nara, Japan, June 2016.
  • Keynote spea­ker at ACM CompArch’12, Bertinoro, Forli’, June 2012
  • Best paper award at P2P’11 for the paper “Cloudy Weather for P2P, with a Chance of Gossip”
  • Editor, Special Issue on “Extreme Distributed Systems: From Large Scale to Complexity”, Springer Computing, September 2012.
  • My fir­st book about Algorithms and Data Structures (in Italian) has been publi­shed in 2010; a new edi­tion has been publi­shed in 2014.
  • 2011-now: Associate Editor of Springer Computing Journal
  • 2012–2015: Coordinator of the Computer Science and Engineering degrees, DISI, University of Trento.
  • 2010–2013: Steering com­mit­tee chair: Peer-to-Peer Computing Conference
  • 2010–2012: Coordinator of the Autonomic Security pro­ject, finan­ced by the Italian PRIN Programme
  • 2010–2012: Member of the Nucleo di Valutazione (Evaluation Committee) of the University of Trento
  • 2007–2012: Coordinator of the ATLAS pro­ject, finan­ced by the EU-US ATLANTIS Programme
  • 2007–2009: Steering com­mit­tee mem­ber, DAIS Conference
  • 2006–2009: Coordinator of the Computer Science Degrees, Faculty of Science, University of Trento