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

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

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Virtual topologies in peer-to-peer networks can reduce the traffic consumed by altering the logical connectivity of peers without altering the underlying network. However, such sparsely connected virtual topologies do not focus on the needs for smart grid applications, which is information dissemination throughout the network, and in turn degrade the performance of distributed control algorithms running on peer-to-peer networks. This paper provides a flexible solution for application developers to prototype and deploy different virtual topologies that balances these trade-offs. First, it introduces a configurable virtual communication topology framework, TopLinkMgr, which enables users to specify any chosen connectivity configuration and deploy peer-to-peer applications using it. Second, it proposes a novel fault-tolerant self-adaptive virtual topology management algorithm, Bounded Path Dissemination, that can ensure the dissemination of information to all peers within a specified number of hops. Experiments show that the algorithm improves on convergence speed and accuracy over state-of-the-art methods and is also robust against node failures while consuming significantly less communication bandwidth.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2022
Event31st International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 202227 Jul 2022


Conference31st International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-81688 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-84524


  • fault tolerance
  • fault tolerant systems
  • heuristic algorithms
  • network topology
  • peer-to-peer computing
  • prototypes
  • topology


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