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STSM, Chief Architect, Distributed Systems
Haifa Research Lab, Haifa, Israel



Eliezer Dekel is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect for Distributed Systems in IBM Research - Haifa. In his current role he focuses on developing infrastructure technologies for very large scale distributed systems (aka Clouds).

Dr. Dekel managed the Distributed Middleware group in the IBM Research - Haifa. He led the development of the Distribution and Consistency Services (DCS) component for WebSphere. The DCS component is the foundation for WebSphere's High Availability. It is the first virtual synchrony group communication implementation that is part of commercial application server. Another technology developed by the Distributed Middleware group is the RMM a high throughput low latency publishe/subscribe messaging technology that became the base for WebSphere MQ Low Latency Messaging (MQLLM).

For the DCS component he received an IBM corporate award. He also managed the development of a Peer-to-Peer based distributed bulletin board that supports eventual consistency. This component is now part of WebSphere Virtual Enterprise and IBM Workload Deployer (IWD).

Eliezer Dekel is a steering board member of the European Alliance for Innovations (EAI). He is the editor in chief of ICST Transaction on Financial Systems. He is the business chair of ICST SIB Council on Future Information Systems. Eliezer served on numerous conference program committees and organized, or served as chair in some of them. Since joining the Haifa Research Lab in 1992, he has been involved in research in the areas of distributed and fault-tolerant computing, service-oriented technology, and software engineering. He is currently working on technologies for providing Quality of Service, with a focus on dependability, in very large scale multi-tier environments. For this area he initiated together with colleagues the very successful International Workshop on Large Scale Distributed Systems and Middleware (LADIS). This workshop, now in its sixth year and is sponsored by ACM. It was one of the first workshops to focus on the foundations of "cloud computing." He was an organizer of CloudSlam'09 the first cloud computing virtual conference.

Eliezer was also involved in the EU FP7 ICT funded CoMiFin (Communication Middleware for Monitoring Financial Critical Infrastructure) project. Agilis (an in-memory Map/Reduce infrastructure that was developed for CoMiFin), received recently the EPTS (Event Processing Technical Society), Innovative Application Award (2011).

Eliezer has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, and a B.Sc. in mathematics from Ben Gurion University, Israel. Prior to joining IBM Research - Haifa, Eliezer served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas computer science department for over ten years.