Choreographing Cyber-Physical Distributed Control Systems for the Energy Sector

Hugo-Andrés López-Acosta, Kai Heussen

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Energy Systems are facing a significant change in the way their management and control is conceived. With the introduction of distributed and renewable energy based resources, a shift to a more distributed operation paradigm is emerging, overturning the conventional top-down design and operation principles. This shift creates a
demand for distributed control systems (DCS) to facilitate a more adaptive and efficient operation of power networks. One key challenge here is to ensure the required reliability of distributed control systems. Whereas proven strategies exist for reliable control for coordination of physical actions, with increasing distribution of such control, the reliability and degradation properties in response to communications issues become more important. We build on the notion of Quality Choreographies, a formal model for the development of failure-aware distributed systems, and discuss how quality choreographies respond to the needs presented by DCS. We demonstrate
their applicability by modelling the Bully Algorithm, one of the de-facto election algorithms used in coordination of DCS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SAC 2017
Number of pages7
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4486-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event32nd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing - Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 3 Apr 20176 Apr 2017


Conference32nd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing


  • Computing methodologies
  • Distributed programming languages
  • Software and its engineering
  • Specification languages


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