Alex Kogan is a research scientist at Oracle Labs where he works in the Distributed Systems Group. He is interested in the systems aspects of parallel and distributed computing, optimizing the performance of modern systems through the efficient utilization of available resources. He has experience working with complex systems, such as databases, operating system kernels, machine learning frameworks, and cloud computing services. Prior to Oracle, Alex interned with IBM Research at Haifa, Israel, and Microsoft Research at Redmond, WA. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science, Technion, Israel.