The objective of this research is to efficiently solve a fundamental linear algebraic problem, Ax=b, using graphics processing unit (GPU) in combination with matrix condensation (MC) and sparse matrix techniques for fundamental power system analyses. The approach is based on the GPU architecture with the MC method, which has a potential to achieve dimensionally higher performance speedup than the conventional LU factorization method on the GPU architecture, although MC is slower than LU factorization in sequential computing. Further, sparse matrix techniques such as bus re-ordering will be explored in this project and applied to power system simulation. The intellectual merit includes: investigation of the GPU-based MC algorithm to solve a linear system Ax=b; re-ordering techniques based on GPU and MC to address sparse matrices; combination of GPU, MC and sparsity techniques to give a new solution to power system simulation problems such as power flow, optimal power flow, and stability analysis. The broader impacts may penetrate into numerous research communities since the solution to Ax=b can be essential to almost every engineering and science discipline. Also, the sparsity techniques combined with the GPU-based MC algorithm can lead to practical applications for power system simulation with significant speedup, such that faster-than-real-time simulation may be easily achieved for post-fault real-time analysis. Thus, it can be highly possible to develop real-time corrective controls with precision, and power systems can be operated closer to security margins. This will provide significant technology advancement towards a smarter power grid.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)
Application #
1128381
Program Officer
Paul Werbos
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-10-01
Budget End
2014-09-30
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$263,254
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Knoxville
State
TN
Country
United States
Zip Code
37996