Design of the HELICS High-Performance Transmission-Distribution-Communication-Market Co-Simulation Framework

Bryan Palmintier, Dheepak Krishnamurthy, Philip Top, Steve Smith, Jeff Daily, Jason Fuller

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Abstract

This paper describes the design rationale for the Hierarchical Engine for Large-scale Infrastructure Co-Simulation (HELICS), a new open-source, cyber-physical-energy co-simulation framework for electric power systems. HELICS is designed to support very-large-scale (100,000+ federates) co-simulations with off-the-shelf power-system, communication, market, and end-use tools. Other key features include cross-platform operating system support, the integration of both event-driven (e.g., packetized communication) and time-series (e.g., power flow) simulations, and the ability to co-iterate among federates to ensure physical model convergence at each time step. After describing the requirements, we evaluate existing co-simulation frameworks, including High-Level Architecture (HLA) and Functional Mockup Interface (FMI), and we conclude that none provide the required features. Then we describe the design for the new, layered HELICS architecture.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Oct 2017
Event2017 Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2017 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 21 Apr 2017 → …

Conference

Conference2017 Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period21/04/17 → …

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-67928 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-70644

Keywords

  • co-simulation
  • cyber-physical
  • information and communication technologies
  • integrated transmission-distribution simulation
  • power systems modeling

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