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Title: Visual Analytics for Power Grid Contingency Analysis

Contingency analysis is the process of employing different measures to model scenarios, analyze them, and then derive the best response to remove the threats. This application paper focuses on a class of contingency analysis problems found in the power grid management system. A power grid is a geographically distributed interconnected transmission network that transmits and delivers electricity from generators to end users. The power grid contingency analysis problem is increasingly important because of both the growing size of the underlying raw data that need to be analyzed and the urgency to deliver working solutions in an aggressive timeframe. Failure to do so may bring significant financial, economic, and security impacts to all parties involved and the society at large. The paper presents a scalable visual analytics pipeline that transforms about 100 million contingency scenarios to a manageable size and form for grid operators to examine different scenarios and come up with preventive or mitigation strategies to address the problems in a predictive and timely manner. Great attention is given to the computational scalability, information scalability, visual scalability, and display scalability issues surrounding the data analytics pipeline. Most of the large-scale computation requirements of our work are conducted on a Craymore » XMT multi-threaded parallel computer. The paper demonstrates a number of examples using western North American power grid models and data.« less
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Journal Name: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 34(1):42-51
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
Scalable computation; visual analytics; power grids; contingency analysis