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 Navigators team. I've spent the Summer of 2014 at Microsoft Research Cambridge, working in the Systems and Network Group. I've also spent the Spring 2010 semester on leave to Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab working 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."
(Charles Mingus)

New and Noteworthy

·       I received an IBM Faculty Award to work on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain project. One of the key objectives of the collaboration is to integrate BFT-SMaRt as an ordering layer for the framework.

·       I'm coordinating the DiSIEM H2020 project about security monitoring. I'm really excited to start working on a bunch of new topics (OSINT processing, machine learning, security metrics, etc.) with great partners! Check our webpage.

·       Our work on BFT-SMaRt (a real, mostly correct, and fully maintained BFT and CFT replication library) is gaining a lot of momentum due to the popularization of permissioned block chains. Check our paper describing the system.

·       I'm coordinating the IRCoC (Intelligent Replication in Cloud-of-Clouds) project (between July 2016 and June 2019 - funded by FCT). We will be evolving ideas from previous works like DepSky, SCFS and WHEAT to improve adaptability and scalability of wide-area replication protocols.

·       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.

·       Slides of the tutorial on state machine replication on EuroSys'12. A similar tutorial was presented in SBRC 2014, the associated chapter is available here.


Research Interests: Distributed Systems, Fault Tolerance, and Security.

Selected and Recent Papers (full list)

Andre Nogueira, Antonio Casimiro, Alysson Bessani. Elastic State Machine Replication. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. IEEE Computer Society. Accepted for publication in March 2017. preprint IEEE link

Tiago Oliveira, Ricardo Mendes, Alysson Bessani. Exploring Key-Value Stores in Multi-Writer Byzantine-Resilient Register Emulations. OPODIS’16: The 20th International Conference On Principles Of DIstributed Systems. Madrid, Spain, December 2016. pdf

Fábio Botelho, Tulio A. Ribeiro, Paulo Ferreira, Fernando M. V. Ramos, Alysson Bessani. Design and Implementation of a Consistent Datastore for a Distributed SDN Control Plane. EDCC’16: The 12th European Conference on Dependable Computing. Gothenburg, Sweden, September 2016. pdf (A preliminar version appeared on EWSDN’13).

Eduardo Alchieri, Alysson Bessani, Fabiola Greve, Joni Fraga. Efficient and Modular Consensus-Free Reconfiguration for Fault-Tolerant Storage. Technical Report (arXiv:1607.05344). July 2016. arXiv link

Miguel Garcia, Nuno Neves, Alysson Bessani. SieveQ: A Layered BFT Protection System for Critical Services. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. IEEE Computer Society. Accepted for publication in June 2016. preprint IEEE link

Alysson Bessani, Nuno F. Neves, Paulo Veríssimo, Wagner Dantas, Alexandre Fonseca, Rui Silva, Pedro Luz, Miguel Correia. JITeR: Just-In-Time Application-Layer Routing. Computer Networks. Elsevier. Accepted for publication in May 2016. Elsevier link (A preliminar version appeared on HotDep’09).

Eduardo Adilio Pelinson Alchieri, Alysson Bessani, Fabíola Greve, Joni da Silva Fraga. Knowledge Connectivity Requirements for Solving Byzantine Consensus with Unknown Participants. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. IEEE Computer Society. Accepted for publication in March 2016. preprint IEEE link (A preliminar version appeared on OPODIS’08).

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

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. 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: DiSIEM (EU H2020), IRCoC (FCT), SUPERCLOUD (EU H2020), SeGRID (EU FP7)

Past Projects: BiobankCloud (EU FP7), SecFuNet (ICT EU-BR), RC-Clouds (FCT), SITAN (FCT), TCLOUDS (EU FP7 IP), MASSIF (EU FP7 IP), ReD (FCT), ReGenesys (FCT), CloudFIT (FCT), Diverse (FCT), CRUTIAL (EU FP7 STREP), Forever (EU/RESIST NoE)

BFT-SMaRt (a BFT/CFT state machine replication)

Current Students

PhD Students: João Sousa (PhD, FCUL), Miguel Garcia (PhD, FCUL, Co-advised with Nuno Neves), Vinicius Cogo (PhD, FCUL), Fernando Alves (PhD, FCUL, Co-advised with Pedro Ferreira), Adriano Serckumecka (PhD, FCUL, Co-advised with Ibéria Medeiros), Tulio Ribeiro (PhD, FCUL)

MsC Students: Eunice Branco (Co-advised with Pedro Ferreira)

Research Staff: Ricardo Mendes, Tiago Oliveira.

Past Students

Eduardo Alchieri (PhD 2011, DAS UFSC-Brazil, Co-advised with Joni da Silva Fraga), now at UNB, Brazil

Luís Brandão (PhD, ECE CMU/FCUL, Co-advised with Nicolas Christin), now at NIST, USA.

Many master students... to be updated someday :-)


Informatics Engineering
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, 2016/2017-1)
Informatics Security (2007/2008-2, 2008/2009-2, 2011/2012-2)

CMU-Portugal Masters in Information Security
Intrusion Tolerance (2009/2010-2, 2010/2011-2)

Masters in Informatics/Informatics Engineering/Informatics Security
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, 2016/2017-1)
Intrusion Detection and Tolerance/Intrusion Tolerance (2014/2015-2, 2015/2016-2, 2016/2017-2)

Information Technology
Distributed Applications (2008/2009-1, 2009/2010-1, 2014/2015-2, 2015/2016-2, 2016/2017-2)
Informatics Security (2007/2008-2, 2008/2009-2)


In my free time I enjoy a lot of things such as tabletop wargaming, surfing, running, videogames and reading (mainly comics or sci-fi).

Last Updated at March 27, 2017.