NC Ignite

The application demonstrates impacts of cyber attacks and network latency in a power grid, and how the intelligent wide-area communications and distributed applications help re-stabilize the grid.

Power system utility companies and Independent System Operators will highly benefit from this application. Utilities and ISOs all across the US are currently installing hundreds of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) under the Department of Energy’s smart grid investment grants. Once these PMUs start communicating massive volumes of data from one part of the grid to another, real-time dissemination and processing as well as cyber-security will become imperative issues. Our application will show how these PMU data can be handled intelligently in real-time using distributed algorithms such that even if there is severe network delays or any attempt of a malicious attack the underlying communication architecture can reconfigure its routing principles and bypass the immediate impact of the attack. The application will also be of interest to IT companies, as well as to academicians working in the area of smart grid security.

Acknowledgments: National Science Foundation CNS #1531099, #1531047

Team Information: DISTINCT, Aranya Chakrabortty, North Carolina State University and Yufeng Xin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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