Simulating one of the largest power grids on the planet

As the world's largest electric utility company, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) provides power to about 1.1 billion people. Given the rapid development of the Chinese economy, the demand for power is ever increasing. Combine this with SGCC's build out of UHV transmission lines, smart substations, and more--the complexity of their grid operation control is impressive to say the least. Accordingly, SGCC have developed an Advanced Digital Power System Simulator solution to deliver their operational scientific research and realize a real-time simulation of the grid.

As documented in the recently published case study, there were numerous challenges faced by SGCC as they deployed the solution--especially the need for 24/7, uninterrupted operation to deliver real-time simulation with exceptionally low latency. As you can imagine, getting results of real-time simulations "after the fact" would not be very useful. Intel and Wind River worked closely with SGCC to deliver an integrated solution based on Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, Intel® software solutions, and the Wind River Linux Operating System in order to achieve the required, optimized solution.

There are some truly innovative solutions being deployed world-wide in all areas of the grid; from metering deployments, edge analytics, intelligent substations and all the way back to datacenter analytics and big data solutions. But the sheer scale of the real-time simulation workloads involved here, the low-latency requirements, and the ability to scale out the system to meet future needs makes the SGCC simulation a truly unique "Smart Grid" solution. Check out the case study to lean more and let me know what you think.