I got my Ph.D. from the University of Bologna in 2000, whe­re I also ser­ved as Research Assistant from 2002 to 2005. I joi­ned University of Trento as asso­cia­te pro­fes­sor in 2005, to beco­me full pro­fes­sor in 2020. I teach cour­ses about algo­ri­thms and data struc­tu­res, distri­bu­ted algo­ri­thms and com­pu­ter scien­ce education.

My research is focu­sed on lar­ge-sca­le decen­tra­li­zed systems, with some digres­sions in the field of cen­tra­li­zed algo­ri­thms for gra­phs ana­ly­sis. Very recen­tly, I beca­me inte­re­sted in com­pu­ter scien­ce edu­ca­tion; for this rea­son, I act as an inter­me­dia­ry bet­ween the local schools and our department.

Research Statement

My research inte­rests inclu­de distri­bu­ted com­pu­ting, fault-tole­ran­ce, peer-to-peer, gos­sip pro­to­cols and algo­ri­thms for the ana­ly­sis of very lar­ge gra­phs. My main goal is to deve­lop pro­to­cols and algo­ri­thms that are capa­ble to sca­le to mas­si­ve sizes and are able to sur­vi­ve to fai­lu­res and to dynamism.

Phd Students (Past)

Cristian Consonni (Eurecat, Spain)
Zekarias Kefato (KTH, Sweden)
Sheikh Nasrullah (IBM Almaden, USA)
Alessio Guerrieri (SpazioDati, Italy)
Hanna Kavalionak (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Giuliano Mega (Playax, Brasil)
Marco Biazzini (Amadeus, France)

Phd Students (now)

Francesca Fiore
Francesco Lotito


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.


  • Delegate of the rec­tor for Relationship with schools, October 2022-.
  • Member of the Implementation com­mit­tee for the stra­te­gic plan of the University of Trento, June 2022-
  • New book — this time for high schools: Hashtag, March 2022 (kudos to Maurizio Boscaini who is the main author)
  • Member of the Academic Senate @ UniTN, April 2021-March 2025
  • Included in the World Ranking of Scientists, December 2020
  • Full pro­fes­sor, April 2020
  • Started a career in thea­tre (kin­da): La bel­lez­za com­pu­ta­zio­na­le del­la natu­ra @ Il tea­tro del­la mera­vi­glia 2020, Trento, February 2020; Ostia, June 2021; Sofia, September 2021;  Coimbra, November 2021; Milano, February 2023. L’informatico incon­sa­pe­vo­le @ Teatro del­la mera­vi­glia, September 2022.
  • Delegate of the rec­tor for ICT Services, September 2019-September 2022.
  • 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
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