Peer-to-Peer Communication Trade-Offs for Smart Grid Applications: Preprint

Purboday Ghosh, Shashank Shekhar, Yashen Lin, Ulrich Muenz, Gabor Karsai

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Peer-to-peer energy management systems for smart grids require developers to consider the trade-offs between the amount of communication traffic generated and the quality and speed of convergence of the control algorithms that are deployed. Employing a fully connected communication causes messages to scale exponentially with the number of nodes, while using a sparse connectivity causes less information dissemination leading to degradation of the algorithm performance. The best communication topology for a particular application lies somewhere in between and often requires empirical evaluation by application designers. Existing methods do not put focus on the needs for smart grid applications, which is information dissemination throughout the network and they do not provide a flexible solution for application developers to prototype and deploy different topologies without modifying the application code. This paper introduces a configurable virtual communication topology framework TopLinkMgr, allowing users to specify any chosen communication topology and deploy peer-to-peer applications using it. It also introduces a self-adaptive, fault-tolerant topology management algorithm, Bounded Path Dissemination that can ensure the dissemination of information to all peers within a specified threshold for a sparsely connected topology. Experiments show that the algorithm improves on convergence speed and accuracy over state-of-the-art methods and is also robust against node failures. The results indicate the possibility of achieving a close-to optimal convergence without overloading the network allowing the realization of peer-to-peer control platforms covering larger and more complex power systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2022
EventIEEE 31st International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2022) -
Duration: 25 Jul 202227 Jul 2022


ConferenceIEEE 31st International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2022)

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-84524 for paper as published in proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-81688


  • Bounded Path Dissemination
  • communication topology
  • convergence
  • peer-to-peer communication
  • TopLinkMgr


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