I’m an Assistant Professor at IST Austria. My research focuses on concurrent data structures and distributed algorithms, and spans from algorithms and lower bounds, to practical implementations.
Before IST, I was affiliated with ETH Zurich and Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. Prior to that, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT CSAIL, working with Prof. Nir ShavitI received my PhD from the EPFL, under the guidance of Prof. Rachid Guerraoui.
My research is supported through a 2018 ERC Starting Grant.

You can find a list of recent projects and publications here.
For a complete publication list, click 
For student projects, click here.

Open Positions:

  • We have open PhD and postdoc positions as part of the ScaleML ERC Starting Grant project, whose goal is to develop new theory, algorithms, and systems for scalable machine learning.
    The ideal candidate would have a strong background in CS, with a PhD in distributed computing or a related field. Applicants with experience in  optimization theory or distributed systems implementation are particularly encouraged, although all strong applicants will be given proper consideration.
    For questions about the positions and the application process, please contact me via email at dan.alistarh@ist.ac.at. The application should contain a CV, publication list, a 1-page statement describing motivation and research interests, and, if applicable, links to your publications. 

Recent service: 


I am extremely lucky to be able to work with the following students and postdocs:

  • Joel Rybicki (PostDoc @ IST)
  • Bapi Chatterjee (PostDoc @ IST)
  • Giorgi Nadiradze (PhD @ IST)
  • Martin Thoresen (Intern -> PhD @ IST)
  • Nikita Koval (Intern -> PhD @ IST)

Visitors / Collaborators / Friends of the Lab: 

  • Prof. Gregory Valiant (visiting Nov 2018)
  • Prof. Robert Tarjan (visiting May 2018)
  • Dr. Frank McSherry (visiting May 2018)
  • Dr. Aleksandar Prokopec (visiting April 2018)
  • Prof. Ce Zhang (ETH)
  • Prof. Markus Pueschel (ETH)
  • Prof. Torsten Hoefler (ETH)


  • Trevor Brown (PostDoc @ IST -> Assistant Professor @ Waterloo)
  • Antonio Polino (MSc @ ETH -> Google Search)
  • Rati Gelashvili (PhD@MIT, now Algorithms Lead at NeuralMagic)
  • Justin Kopinsky (PhD@MIT, now Engineering Lead at NeuralMagic)
  • Nandini Singhal (Intern @ IST -> Microsoft Research)
  • Arnab Kar (MSc Thesis @ IST -> PhD @ Duke University)
  • Ekaterina Goltsova (ISTern @ IST)
  • Demjan Grubić (MSc, now at Google)
  • Cédric Renggli (MSc Thesis (ETH Medal), with Torsten Hoefler, now PhD@ETH)
  • Aline Abler (BSc, with Torsten Hoefler)
  • Raphael Kuebler (BSc)
  • Jerry Z. Li (Intern, PhD@MIT)
  • Jenny Iglesias (Intern, PhD@CMU)
  • Syed Kamran Haider (Intern @ MSR, now Researcher @ Qualcomm)
  • Hyunjik Kim (Intern @ MSR -> PhD @ Oxford)