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Parallel computing environments and methods for power distribution system simulation

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5 Author(s)
Ning Lu ; Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA, USA ; Taylor, Z.T. ; Chassin, D.P. ; Guttromson, R.
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The development of cost-effective high-performance parallel computing on multi-processor supercomputers makes it attractive to port excessively time consuming simulation software from personal computers (PC) to super computes. The power distribution system simulator (PDSS) takes a bottom-up approach and simulates load at the appliance level, where detailed thermal models for appliances are used. This approach works well for a small power distribution system consisting of a few thousand appliances. When the number of appliances increases, the simulation uses up the PC memory and its runtime increases to a point where the approach is no longer feasible to model a practical large power distribution system. This paper presents an effort made to port a PC-based power distribution system simulator to a 128-processor shared-memory supercomputer. The paper offers an overview of the parallel computing environment and a description of the modification made to the PDSS model. The performance of the PDSS running on a standalone PC and on the supercomputer is compared. Future research direction of utilizing parallel computing in the power distribution system simulation is also addressed.

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Power Engineering Society General Meeting, 2005. IEEE

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12-16 June 2005