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JSW 2012 Vol.7(6):1250-1257 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.7.6.1250-1257

Research on Dependable Distributed Systems for Smart Grid

Qilin Li1 and Mingtian Zhou2

1Production and Technology Department, Sichuan Electric Power Science and Research Institute, Chengdu, P.R.China
2School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, P.R.China

Abstract—Within the last few years, smart grid has been one of major trends in the electric power industry and has gained popularity in electric utilities, research institutes and communication companies. As applications for smart grid become more distributed and complex, the probability of faults undoubtedly increases. This fact has motivated to construct dependable distributed systems for smart grid. However, dependable distributed systems are difficult to build. They present challenging problems to system designers. In this paper, we first examine the question of dependability and identify major challenges during the construction of dependable systems. Next, we attempt to present a view on the fault tolerance techniques for dependable distributed systems. As part of this view, we present the distributed tolerance techniques for the construction of dependable distributed applications in smart grid. Subsequently, we propose a systematic solution based on the middleware that supports dependable distributed systems for smart grid and study the combination of reflection and dependable middleware. Finally, we draw our conclusions and points out the future directions of research.

Index Terms—smart grid, dependability, dependable middleware, fault-tolerance, fault, error, failure, error processing, fault treatment, replication, distributed recovery, partitioning, open implementation, reflection, inspection, adaptation


Cite: Qilin Li and Mingtian Zhou, "Research on Dependable Distributed Systems for Smart Grid," Journal of Software vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 1250-1257, 2012.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency:  Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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