April 13, 2014
Conference Paper

FNCS: A Framework for Power System and Communication Networks Co-Simulation


This paper describes the Fenix framework that uses a federated approach for integrating power grid and communication network simulators. Compared existing approaches, Fenix al- lows co-simulation of both transmission and distribution level power grid simulators with the communication network sim- ulator. To reduce the performance overhead of time synchro- nization, Fenix utilizes optimistic synchronization strategies that make speculative decisions about when the simulators are going to exchange messages. GridLAB-D (a distribution simulator), PowerFlow (a transmission simulator), and ns-3 (a telecommunication simulator) are integrated with the frame- work and are used to illustrate the enhanced performance pro- vided by speculative multi-threading on a smart grid applica- tion. Our speculative multi-threading approach achieved on average 20% improvement over the existing synchronization methods

Revised: February 3, 2016 | Published: April 13, 2014


Ciraci S., J.A. Daily, J.C. Fuller, A.R. Fisher, L.D. Marinovici, and K. Agarwal. 2014. FNCS: A Framework for Power System and Communication Networks Co-Simulation. In DEVS 2014: Proceedings of the Symposium on Theory of Modeling & Simulation, April 13-16, 2014, Tampa, Florida, Article No. 36. San Diego, California:Society for Computer Simulation International. PNNL-SA-100344.