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FPGI Accomplishments

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Power Grid Computational Security and Reliability Flowchart

The Future Power Grid Initiative concluded in September 2015. This timeline is a snapshot of initiative progress and accomplishments, but is not all-inclusive. The following descriptions provide more information about timeline acronyms and milestones:

Annual Review - FPGI holds annual review meetings (as well as abbreviated mid-year review meetings) with the initiative’s advisory committee, which includes PNNL and external grid experts. The advisory committee provides feedback on initiative progress.

Workshops - FPGI sponsored four workshops on Next-Generation Analytics for the Future Power Grid to foster development of a community for advancing grid tools and accelerate deployment of new software to support next-generation power delivery systems. FPGI also sponsored three international workshops on High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking and Analytics for the Power Grid as part of annual Supercomputing conferences.

PowerNET is an FPGI-developed testbed for power networking, equipment, and technology research

FPGI-developed GridOPTICS™ suite of open source tools:

  • The GridOPTICS™ Software System (GOSS) - is a middleware framework that integrates grid applications with sources of data and facilitates easy communication between them. GOSS is available at
  • VOLTTRON™ - is an innovative distributed control and sensing software platform that creates an environment in which appliances and other devices are represented by 'agents' that communicate among each other to prioritize power needs and deliver electricity accordingly. VOLTTRON™ is available at
  • GridPACK™ - Grid Parallel Advanced Computational Kernels - or GridPACK™ - is a software framework that harnesses advanced computing to simplify the development of programs that model the power grid. GridPACK™ has garnered DOE-OE funding for its ongoing development and is available at
  • Framework for Network Co-Simulation (FNCS) - is a federated co-simulation platform that merges communication simulators with distribution and transmission simulators. FNCS is available at:
GridOPTICS™ Enabled by the Future Power Grid Initiative at PNNL
Last Update: 1 October 2015 | © 2015 GridOPTICS™