U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Future Power Grid

3rd Workshop on Next-Generation Analytics for the Future Power Grid

3rd Workshop on Next-Generation Analytics
for the Future Power Grid

Richland Washington, USA

July 17-18, 2014

Workshop Details | Registration Information | Lodging | Events

General Registration Information

Register Now: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1575824

Agenda: Workshop Agenda

Registration Fee: $50

Workshop Location: Washington State University Tri-Cities' Consolidated Information Center, Rooms 120 & 120A

Directions & Maps:

  • Registration fee covers morning refreshments and lunch both days.
  • Morning refreshments: Includes pastries, water, coffee, juice, etc.
  • Lunches: Sandwiches or salads and associated food items. There will be a vegetarian option.
  • Optional Dinner Event: An optional dinner event to gather and socialize is planned for the evening of July 17 and will be held at the Red Lion Hotel-Richland Hanford House. This event will have a separate registration cost of $40, and a no-host bar. Meal options for this dinner include:
    • Sliced Choice Roast with Mushroom Demi-Glace with Yukon Mashed Potatoes
    • Lime Marinated Chicken with Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Toasted Cumin Seed Sauce with Chicken Infused Rice with Black Beans
    • Vegetarian options will be available.

Lodging Information

Lodging Option:
  • A block of rooms at the Red Lion Hotel-Richland Hanford House has been set aside for workshop participants. The deadline for reserving is July 1. For cost and other details, or to reserve, see PNNL GridOptics Meeting.

Event Information

Special Workshop Events:
  • Workshop Speakers:
    • Gil Bindewald, Program Manager, Advanced Grid Modeling Research Program, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
    • Larry Bekkedahl, Senior Vice President, Transmission Services, Bonneville Power Administration
    • Jesse Berst, Founding Editor and Chief Analyst for Smart Grid News; Chairman, Smart Cities Council

  • Tutorials: Attendees interested in learning more about PNNL-developed tools may participate in optional tutorial sessions on the afternoon (2-5 p.m.) of July 16 in the PNNL Biological Sciences Facility's Crick Room (directions and instructions below). The following tutorials are planned and may be updated according to participant interest:
    • GOSS (2:00PM-3:00PM): GridOPTICS™ Software System (GOSS) is a middleware that facilitates creation of new, modular and flexible operational and planning platforms that can meet the challenges of the next generation power grid. GOSS enables Department of Energy, power system utilities, and vendors to build better tools faster. GOSS makes it possible to integrate Future Power Grid Initiative software products/prototypes into existing power grid software systems, including the PNNL PowerNet and EIOC environments. GOSS is designed to allow power grid applications developed for different underlying software platforms installed in different utilities to communicate with ease. This can be done in compliance with existing security and data sharing policies between the utilities. GOSS not only supports one-to-one data transfer between applications, but also publisher/subscriber scheme.
    • FNCS: Framework for Network Co-Simulation (3:00PM-4:00PM): Developing innovative technologies for the smart grid requires an understanding of the interaction between power and communication systems. FNCS leverages existing simulator investments using cooperative simulation (co-simulation). FNCS is designed to solve many common co-simulation problems by automatically managing time synchronization using novel algorithms, as well as facilitating inter-simulator message exchanges. Using FNCS, we have integrated the GridLAB-D power distribution simulator, MATPOWER for transmission simulation, and the ns-3 communication network simulator. This tutorial will walk users through our current software deployment as well as how to integrate a new simulator.
    • GridPACK™ (4:00PM-5:00PM): is a software framework consisting of a set of modules designed to simplify the development of programs that model the power grid and run on parallel, high performance computing platforms. The modules are available as a library and consist of components for setting up and distributing power grid networks, support for modeling the behavior of individual buses and branches in the network, converting the network models to the corresponding algebraic equations, and parallel routines for manipulating and solving large algebraic systems. Additional modules support input and output as well as basic profiling and error management. The GridPACK™ framework will simplify parallel power grid application development by eliminating many of the index transformations and calculations required to distribute data in parallel applications and also to move data from one processor to another as the calculation proceeds. Application writers can focus primarily on the physics of their problem without worrying about much of the baggage associated with writing applications in parallel.
    • You can communicate your level of interest by sending a message to or at the time of registration

  • Directions & Maps:

  • PNNL Tours: Optional tours of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are planned for the afternoon of July 18. Transportation will be provided.
    • PLEASE NOTE: All tour participants, U.S. and foreign, must be badged. PNNL requests 15 business days lead time for foreign national badging requests and five business days lead time for U.S. citizen requests. A badge request form for U.S. citizens and a Foreign National Visits and Assignments questionnaire are attached below.
    • Questions can be directed to or Tamica Dickenson, 509-372-6802. Forms should be returned either via fax to 509-372-4353, Attention: Tamica Dickenson, or by e-mail to

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