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David Maltz
Distinguished Engineer, Physical Networking, Microsoft

Dr. David Maltz leads Azure’s Physical Network team, and is responsible for developing, deploying, and operating the software and network devices that connect the servers of Microsoft’s largest services, such as the Azure Public Cloud and Bing. Maltz and his team develops the software defined network v-switches on the servers and the SONIC firmware that runs many of their physical switches. His team builds distributed systems that continuously monitor and remediate any network problems. Maltz also designs the cloud-scale networks and data centers that provide terabits of connectivity at low cost and high reliability. His past projects include a broad array of hardware and software that strive to improve the usability, performance, and cost of cloud computing. Prior to joining Azure, Maltz worked on the Microsoft Autopilot team, which won Microsoft’s 2013 Technology Achievement Award for advances in cloud-scale data centers. Prior to joining Autopilot, Maltz worked in industry research and academia, including five years at Microsoft Research. He founded two startup companies in network traffic management and wireless networking and was part of the 4D team that won the SIGCOMM 2015 Test of Time Award. Maltz was also part of the GroupLens team that won the 2010 ACM Systems Software Award.