Savas Parastatidis

Savas Parastatidis

  • @savasp

Seattle, Washington

Areas of Expertise:

  • Web
  • distributed computing
  • cloud computing
  • web services
  • REST
  • high-performance computing
  • parallel computing
  • e-science
  • research
  • programming
Savas Parastatidis is doing architecture and development work at Microsoft's Technical Computing Group, working on a platform and a service for large scale data- and compute-intensive technologies. Previously he was part of Microsoft's Bing team where he focused on semantic and knowledge representation technologies. He also spent time in Microsoft Research where he led the design and implementation of a number of tools for scientists and a platform for semantic computing applications called Zentity. He originally joined Microsoft as part of the architecture team in the Connected System Division doing investigation work for what is now known as the SQL Server Modeling platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Savas was a Principal Research Associate at Newcastle University where he undertook research in the areas of distributed, service-oriented computing and e-Science. He was also the Chief Software Architect at the North-East Regional e-Science Centre where he oversaw the architecture and the application of Web Services technologies for a number of large research projects. Savas also worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Hewlett Packard where he co-lead the R&D effort for the industry's Web Service transactions service and protocol. Savas' web corner (including his blog) can be found at and his twitter stream

REST in Practice REST in Practice
by Savas Parastatidis , Ian Robinson , Jim Webber
September 2010
Print: $44.99
Ebook: $31.99

Savas blogs at:

Reactive Computing at the Heart of Cortana

April 22 2014

In my QCon talk last year I talked, amongst many other things, about the need to react to the world’s information streams in near-realtime. The Bing Platform that powers Cortana and the Windows Phone OS were designed and implemented to support that vision. At the very core of each Windows… read more

My Cortana Interests on

April 17 2014

Isn’t this beautiful? I am not talking about the photo, which is gorgeous. I am referring to my Cortana interests (weather, stocks, news) that appear at the bottom of the homepage. We know what the user cares about so we surface it to their screen. Of course users have… read more


April 14 2014

You might have heard the news about Cortana, Microsoft’s entry in the personal assistant space. I am very excited to see Cortana out there, even in her current “beta” state. “The most personal smartphone assistant” (Windows Phone 8.1 features) I have been involved, as the Architect of the Bing cloud… read more

"I suggest this reading to all that are interested in the REST architecture or in the development of web services in general."
--Andrea Polci, Lugano Java User Group