Recent cyber-attacks have been of increasing complexity and sophistication. These cyber-attacks, when targeted towards critical infrastructure such as the power grid can have a devastating impact. In order to understand the impact of cyber-attacks, it is important to consider a holistic cyber-physical system with various layers, and the data generated by them. The cyber-physical system typically consists of a physical layer, a communication layer, a management/application layer, and various devices associated with all these layers. Real-time simulation allows us to gather realistic power system data, and combine them with communication emulation to obtain cyber-physical system data. RTDS provides multiple interfaces with a variety of protocols which allows us to generate data required to compute resiliency metrics. In addition, hardware-in-loop capabilities of RTDS allows us to connect various controllers and measurement devices to emulate the real power system and test the performance of new algorithms. This talk will focus on the various interfaces used at Washington State, the projects in which the RTDS has been used, and our lessons learned.
Venkatesh Venkataramanan, Anurag Srivastava, Adam Hahn; Washington State University