About me


Dahlia Malkhi, Ph.D.

Principal researcher and founding member of
VMware Research


Short bio:

I am an applied and foundational researcher, since the early nineties, in broad aspects of reliability and security in distributed systems.

In 2014, after the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab, I co-founded  VMware Research and became a Principal Researcher at VMware. From 2004-2014, I was a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley. From 1999-2007, I was a tenured associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2004 I actually left for a brief sabbatical at Microsoft Research, but was bitten by the Silicon Valley bug and stayed there. I hold a PhD, an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Noteworthy :

Selected publications (see also full publications page):

  1. Revisiting Fast Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance: Thelma, Velma and Zelma.
    Ittai Abraham, Guy Gueta, Dahlia Malkhi, Jean-Philippe Martin. [ArXiv 2018] [pdf]
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  2. Revisiting Fast Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance.
    Ittai Abraham, Guy Gueta, Dahlia Malkhi; with Lorenzo Alvisi, Rama Kotla, Jean-Philippe Martin. [ArXiv 2017]  [pdf]
  3. Solida: A Cryptocurrency Based on Reconfigurable Byzantine Consensus.
    Ittai Abraham, Dahlia Malkhi, Kartik Nayak, Ling Ren, Sasha Spiegelment.
    OPODIS 2017. [pdf]
  4. The Blockchain Consensus Layer and BFT.
    Ittai Abraham, Dahlia Malkhi.
    A tutorial, BEATCS , fall 2017. [pdf]
  5. Flexible Paxos: Quorum Intersection Revisited.
    Heidi Howard, Dahlia Malkhi, Sasha Spiegelman.
    OPODIS 2016. [pdf]
  6. CORFU: A Distributed Shared Log.
    Mahesh Balakrishnan, Dahlia Malkhi, John Davis, Vijay Prabhakaran, Michael Wei, Teb Wobber.
    ACM Transactions on Computer Systems 2013. [pdf]
  7. Brief Announcement: Vertical Paxos and Primary-Backup Replication.
    Leslie Lamport, Dahlia Malkhi, Lidong Zhou.
    PODC 2009. [pdf]
  8. Dynamic Atomic Storage without consensus.
    Marcos Aguilera, Idit Keidar, Dahlia Malkhi, Alex Shraer.
    PODC 2009 (conference version). [pdf]
    JACM 2011 (journal version). [pdf]
  9. Fairplay: A Secure Two-Party Computation System.
    Dahlia Malkhi, Noam Nisan, Benny Pinkas, Yaron Sella. [pdf]
    Usenix Security (best student paper award), 2004.
  10. Byzantine Quorum Systems.
    Dahlia Malkhi, Mike Reiter.
    STOC 1997 (conference version). [pdf]
    Distributed Computing 1998 (journal version). [pdf]
  11. Probabilistic Quorum Systems.
    Dahlia Malkhi, Mike Reiter, Rebecca Wright.
    PODC 1997 (conference version). [pdf]
    Information and Computation 2001 (journal version). [pdf]

Selected distinctions:

  • ACM fellow, 2011.
  • IBM Faculty award recipient, 2003 and 2004.
  • German-Israeli Foundation (G.I.F.) Young Scientist career award, 2002.
  • Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC)  2014-2016.
  • Associate editor of the Distributed Computing Journal since 2002.
  • Program chair for LADIS 2012 , Locality 2007PODC 2006Locality 2005 and DISC 2002.

Selected keynotes:

My publications page.


research statement, 2014


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