Testbed Cross-Cutting Research

Evaluation and Development

Experimental validation is critical for emerging research and technologies. The TCIPG testbed supports researchers by providing a combination of emulation, simulation, and real hardware to realize a large-scale, virtual environment that is measurable, repeatable, flexible, and adaptable to emerging technology while maintaining integration with legacy equipment. Its capabilities span transmission, distribution & metering, distributed generation, and home automation and control – providing true end-to-end capabilities for the smart grid. The testbed enables researchers to conduct, validate, and evolve cyber-physical research from fundamentals to prototype, and finally, transition to practice.

The cyber-physical testbed facility is located at the Information Trust Institute and uses a mixture of commercial power system equipment and software, hardware and software simulation, and emulation to create a realistic representation of the smart grid. This representation can be used to experiment with next-generation technologies that span communications from generation to consumption and everything in between. In addition to offering a realistic environment, the testbed facility is instrumented with cutting-edge research and commercial tools to explore problems from multiple dimensions, tackling in-depth security analysis and testing, visualization and data mining, and federated resources, and developing novel techniques that integrate these systems in a composable way.

DEFT Cyber-Physical Experimentation Framework

The DETER Enabled Federated Testbeds (DEFT) consortium is a collaborative effort to provide a broader audience with cyber-physical resources that are geographically distributed and the tools necessary to explore and analyze results in the cyber-physical space. Members of the DEFT consortium include the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California, SRI International, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Each member of the consortium brings strong capabilities and domain expertise that are necessary to realize a state-of-the-art integration of cyber-physical resources in an automated and repeatable fashion.

The DEFT consortium is building upon the past successes of the DETER project at ISI to realize control system integration with the robust cyber experimentation capabilities of the DETER framework. In doing so, DEFT strives to add many extensible capabilities, pushing the state of the art in both testbed development and cyber-physical experimentation.


Testbed Cross-Cutting Overview
Presented at the 2014 Industry Workshop

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Testbed Fact Sheet
Research Poster from 2014 Industry Workshop
Research Posters from 2013 Industry Workshop
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Research Posters from 2012 Industry Workshop
  TCIPG Testbed Overview
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Research Poster from 2011 Industry Workshop
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Tim Yardley
Associate Director of Technology
yardley [at] illinois [dot] edu