Portrait of Thomas Moscibroda

Thomas Moscibroda

Distinguished Engineer
Azure Core


Thomas Moscibroda is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. He is the overall architect for capacity and efficiency in the Azure Core platform, and he leads the teams responsible for workload scheduling and resource allocation, capacity management, and platform efficiency. In this role, Thomas drives initiatives to improve Azure’s core platform efficiency and platform capacity experience. Many of Thomas inventions and technologies have become core infrastructure components forming the foundation of the Azure cloud.

Before joining Azure in September 2017, he managed the Cloud & Mobile (C&M) Research Group at Microsoft Research Asia. He was also the Chair Professor for Network Science at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) at Tsinghua University. Before moving to China in 2011, Thomas was a member of the Systems Research group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, and an affiliate member of the Networking Research and Computer Architecture Research groups, respectively. He obtained his PhD in 2006 from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and was awarded the ETH Medal for his doctoral thesis.

Thomas’ academic research interests are in cloud computing, distributed systems, networking, and most recently blockchain technology. He has a particular focus on algorithmic and mathematical approach to practical system problems. His research is documented in more than 100 internationally peer-reviewed research papers and has led to more than 50 patents. His work on the foundations of distributed systems and computing, and on white-space networking have received Best Paper Awards from several prestigious academic publication venues, including ACM SIGCOMM 2009, USENIX NSDI 2009, ACM ASPLOS 2010, EuroSys 2012, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2007 and 2017, ACM PODC 2004 and 2012, as well as DISC 2015. His articles on DRAM scheduling and on-chip networking in multi-core systems were selected as IEEE Micro Top-Pick Computer Architecture papers in 2008 and 2010, respectively; and his article on ML-centric cloud platforms and its use in capacity-efficient resource management in Azure was featured in the Communications of the ACM. Thomas is also the recipient of the MICS Research on Communications Award by the National Research Foundation of Switzerland (NCCR) for his contributions to the area of Mobile Communications & Information Systems. Thomas has served on numerous technical program committees, including for SOSP (2017), OSDI (2016), NSDI (2016), PODC (2009, 2010, 2015), MOBICOM (6 times), EuroSys (2015), ICALP (2013, 2016), and IPSN (2012, 2013).