Bay Area Harper Lecture: What Is Stranded Power and Can It Make Computing Green?

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of San Francisco

The University of Chicago Alumni Association

April 20, 2016: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Featuring Andrew A. Chien


Loews Regency San Francisco
222 Sansome Street
San Francisco, California

Event Details

Large-scale computing has exponentially increased our ability to evaluate data, but it has also increased our energy consumption. While renewable-energy sources like wind and solar help reduce our carbon footprint, there are some drawbacks to their use. Zero-carbon cloud computing might be a solution.

With ambitious new renewable-energy standards, power grids could create hours of "stranded power"—energy that is generated but has no economic value and thus is often wasted. Computer scientist Andrew A. Chien will explain how the zero-carbon cloud takes advantage of this stranded power to create cost-effective computing with minimal environmental impact.

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$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for Class of 2015 UChicago alumni
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Alumni Leadership Societies


Register Online

Deadline: 4/18/2016


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Registration and Networking

6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion

7:30 PM-8:00 PM: Reception

Speaker Profiles

Andrew A. Chien (Speaker)

Andrew A. Chien is the William Eckhardt Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science, director of the CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing, and senior fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. He also serves as a senior computer scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory and was previously the vice president of research at Intel. For more than 25 years, Chien has been a global research and education leader and an active researcher in parallel computing, computer architecture, programming languages, networking, clusters, grids, and cloud computing.

Learn about zero-carbon cloud computing.