Peter Alvaro

Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of California, Santa Cruz

Office: E2-353
Email: palvaro at ucsc
Vitae   Short bio

Fall 2023 Office hours: Fridays at 1pm, following the LSD seminar.


[ Disorderly Labs ]

My research interests lie at the intersection of databases, distributed systems and programming languages: in particular, I want to know how the lessons from the first may be incorporated into the third, and to what degree this mitigates the difficulties of the second.

Current PhD Students

Tuan Tran
Aldrin Montana
Aleck Zhang
Holly Casaletto
Achilles Benetopoulos
Esteban Ramos

Former PhD Students

Kamala Ramasubramanian, currently at Google.
Daniel Bittman, currently a researcher at large.

Former Masters Students

Asutosh Raina, currently at Salesforce.


Prospective Students

If you are a UCSC undergraduate or Masters student interested in collaborating, please send me an email describing your research interests.

PhD admission decisions are made by committee. However, if you are a PhD applicant and are interested in working on one of the projects above, make sure to mention it in your statement of purpose.

Office hours

Drop by any time. For my current office hours, please check the syllabus for the class I am teaching (e.g., Graduate Distributed Systems)


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Social Networks

Facebook Deleted November 2016.
Twitter   Banned for life September 2022.