Sergey Bykov at Reactive Summit: “Some people will be shocked to hear me talking about distributed transactions in 2018.”

A Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft, Sergey Bykov is one of the founders of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research which development he continues to lead, among his other projects. Before joining Microsoft Research, Sergey had worked in several Microsoft product groups, from BizTalk and Host Integration Server to embedded operating systems for Point of Sale terminals to Bing.

At Reactive Summit in Montreal, Sergey is doing a talk “Distributed Transactions are dead, long live distributed transactions!” covering Orleans and how it pioneered the Virtual Actor Model that offered a compelling alternative, especially for building scalable distributed applications.

In advance of his talk, we spoke to Sergey about his passion for the open source community, the challenges companies deploying Reactive face and his biggest professional dream.