Alysson Bessani's Personal Page
I'm an associate professor at the Informatics
Department of Faculdade de
Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, on Lisbon, Portugal. I'm
also member of LaSIGE
(Large Scale Informatics Systems Laboratory)
group where I'm involved in several research projects with the
spent the Summer of 2014 at Microsoft
working in the Systems
and Network Group. I've also spent the Spring 2010 semester on
leave to Carnegie
Mellon University's CyLab
in the PDL
(Parallel Data Lab).
"Those who fall in love with Practice without Theory are like the seaman on a boat without a steering wheel or a compass, who is never sure where he'll land."
(Leonardo da Vinci)
"Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple."
Two new projects will be starting in Fall 2016. We are looking for highly-motivated PhD and Post-doc applicants interested in security, cloud computing, machine learning, big data processing and cloud storage.
I'm working in privacy issues of genetics data within the context of BiobankCloud EU project (that was successfully finished at the end of 2015). Papers about the BiobankCloud platform, the privacy detector for genomic data and referential compression were published in 2015.
A comprehensive summary of the results and achievements of the TClouds project appeared in a SIGOPS Operating Systems Review.
Research Interests: Distributed Systems, Fault Tolerance,
Distributed Systems and Security.
Selected and Recent Papers (full list)
Vinicius Vielmo Cogo, Alysson Bessani, Francisco M. Couto, Paulo Veríssimo. A High-Throughput Method to Detect Privacy-Sensitive Human Genomic Data. WPES'15: 14th Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (together with ACM CCS'15). Denver, CO, US. Oct. 2015. pdf
João Sousa, Alysson Bessani. Separating the WHEAT from the Chaff: An Empirical Design for Geo-Replicated State Machines. SRDS'15: The 34th International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sep. 2015. pdf
A. Bessani, J. Brandt, M. Bux, V. Cogo, L. Dimitrova, J. Dowling, A. Gholami, K. Hakimzadeh, M. Hummel, M. Ismail, E. Laure, U. Leser, J-E. Litton, R. Martinez, J. Reichel, S. Niazi, K. Zimmermann. BiobankCloud: a Platform for the Secure Storage, Sharing, and Processing of Large Biomedical Data Sets. DMAH'15: 1st Int. Workshop on Data Management and Analytics for Medicine and Healthcare (together with VLDB'15). Hawaii, US. Sep. 2015. pdf
Fernando Alves, Vinicius Cogo, Sebastian Wandelt, Ulf Leser, Alysson Neves Bessani. On-Demand Indexing for Referential Compression of DNA Sequences. PLOS ONE Journal. Vol 10, Num 7. June 2015. online paper
Tobias Distler, Christopher Bahn, Alysson Bessani, Frank Fischer, Flavio Junqueira. Extensible Distributed Coordination. EuroSys'15: The 10th ACM SIGOPS/EuroSys European Systems Conference. Bordeux, France. April 2015. pdf software.
Alysson Bessani, Ricardo Mendes, Tiago Oliveira, Nuno Neves, Miguel Correia, Marcelo Pasin, Paulo Verissimo. SCFS: a Shared Cloud-backed File System. USENIX’14: USENIX Annual Technical Conference. Philadelphia, USA. June 2014. pdf.
Alysson Bessani, João Sousa, Eduardo Alchieri. State Machine Replication for the Masses with BFT-SMaRt. DSN'14: The IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks. Atlanta, USA. June 2014. pdf (extended version) software.
Alysson Bessani, Marcel Santos, João Felix, Nuno Neves, Miguel Correia. On the Efficiency of Durable State Machine Replication. USENIX’13: USENIX Annual Technical Conference. San Jose, CA, USA. June 2013. pdf.
Miguel Garcia, Alysson Bessani, Ilir Gashi, Nuno Neves, Rafael Obelheiro. Analysis of operating system diversity for intrusion tolerance. Software: Practice and Experience. Willey. January 2014. pdf (A preliminar version appeared on DSN’11).
Alysson Bessani, Miguel Correia, Bruno Quaresma, Fernando André, Paulo Sousa. DepSky: Dependable and Secure Storage in a Cloud-of-Clouds. ACM Transactions on Storage. Vol. 9, Num. 4. ACM. November 2013. pdf (A preliminary version appeared on EuroSys’11) software.
Pedro Costa, Marcelo Pasin, Alysson Bessani, Miguel Correia. On the Performance of Byzantine Fault-Tolerant MapReduce. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing}. Vol. 10, Num. 5, pp. 301-313. IEEE Computer Society. January 2013. pdf (A preliminary version appeared on IEEE CloudCom 2011).
Giuliana Veronese, Miguel Correia, Alysson Bessani, Lau Lung, Paulo Verissimo. Efficient Byzantine Fault Tolerance. IEEE Transactions on Computers. Vol. 62, Num. 1, pp. 16-30. IEEE Computer Society. January 2013. pdf (A supplement with correctness proofs is also available).
Paulo Sousa, Alysson Neves Bessani, Miguel Correia, Nuno Ferreira Neves, Paulo Verissimo. Highly Available Intrusion-Tolerant Services with Proactive-Reactive Recovery. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. IEEE Computer Society. April 2010 (vol. 21, no. 4), pp. 452-465. pdf (A preliminary version appeared on IEEE PRDC'07).
Giuliana Santos Veronese, Miguel Correia, Alysson Neves Bessani, Lau Cheuk Lung. Spin One's Wheels? Byzantine Fault Tolerance with a Spinning Primary. SRDS'09: The 30th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems. Niagara Falls, USA, September 2009. pdf.
Alysson Neves Bessani, Miguel Correia, Joni da Silva Fraga, Lau Cheuk Lung. An Efficient Byzantine-Resilient Tuple Space. IEEE Transactions on Computers. IEEE Computer Society. August 2009 (vol. 58 no. 8) pp. 1080-1094. pdf (A preliminary version appeared on NCA'07).
Alysson Neves Bessani, Miguel Correia, Joni da Silva Fraga, Lau Cheuk Lung. Sharing Memory between Byzantine Processes using Policy-Enforced Tuple Spaces. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. IEEE Computer Society. March 2009 (vol. 20 no. 3) pp. 419-43. pdf (A preliminary version appeared on ICDCS'06).
Alysson Neves Bessani, Eduardo Adilio Pelinson Alchieri, Miguel Correia, Joni da Silva Fraga. DepSpace: A Byzantine Fault-Tolerant Coordination Service. EuroSys'08: The 3rd ACM SIGOPS/EuroSys European Systems Conference. Glasgow, Scotland. April 2008. pdf.
Current Projects: SUPERCLOUD (EU H2020), SeGRID (EU FP7), BiobankCloud (EU FP7)
Past Projects: SecFuNet
(ICT EU-BR), RC-Clouds (FCT), SITAN (FCT), TCLOUDS
(EU FP7 IP), MASSIF (EU
FP7 IP), ReD
(FCT), Diverse (FCT), CRUTIAL
(EU FP7 STREP), Forever
BFT-SMaRt (a BFT/CFT state machine replication)
João Sousa (PhD, FCUL)
Luís Brandão (PhD, ECE CMU/FCUL, Co-advised with Nicolas Christin)
Miguel Garcia (PhD, FCUL, Co-advised with Nuno Neves)
Vinicius Cogo (PhD, FCUL)
MsC Students: Joel Alcântara, Diogo Pires, André Correia (Co-advised with Pedro Ferreira)
Research Staff: Ricardo Mendes, André Nogueira, Tiago Oliveira.
Eduardo Alchieri (PhD 2011, DAS UFSC-Brazil, Co-advised with Joni da Silva Fraga), now at UNB, Brazil
Many master students... to be updated someday :-)
Distributed Systems (2007/2008-1, 2008/2009-1, 2009/2010-1, 2010/2011-1, 2011/2012-1, 2012/2013-1)
Security (2007/2008-2, 2008/2009-2, 2011/2012-2, 2012/2013-2)
Computer Systems Architecture (2014/2015-1, 2015/2016-1)
Informatics Security (2007/2008-2, 2008/2009-2, 2011/2012-2)
Masters in Information Security
Intrusion Tolerance (2009/2010-2, 2010/2011-2)
Masters in Informatics/Informatics Engineering/Informatics
Distributed Systems Programming (2010/2011-1)
Software Security (2012/2013-1)
Security Technologies (2012/2013-2)
Fault-Tolerant Distributed Systems (2014/2015-1, 2015/2016-1)
Intrusion Detection and Tolerance/Intrusion Tolerance (2014/2015-2, 2015/2016-2)
Distributed Applications (2008/2009-1, 2009/2010-1, 2014/2015-2, 2015/2016-2)
Informatics Security (2007/2008-2, 2008/2009-2)
In my free time I enjoy a lot of things such as tabletop wargamming, surfing, running, videogames and reading (mainly comics or sci-fi).
Last Updated at February 22, 2016.