Supercomputing and Computation


Fully-virtualized Computational Energy Infrastructure Model for Improving Cyber Resilience

Problem Statement:     

  • Multiple interdependent energy foundations, comprising energy generation, transmission, and end-use, serve as critical infrastructure facility for ORNL. These energy infrastructures are driven by multi-level control systems that observe the state of the system and respond to attain a local stable operating point. The goal is to develop a simulation framework to comprehensively analyze the resiliency of the ORNL campus that can be scaled to include regional and national level infrastructure modeling.

Technical Approach:

  • This project develops techniques and capabilities to answer the fundamentally new question of ensuring resilient critical infrastructures. Concepts from systems, industrial, and reliability engineering disciplines will be adapted to solving problems, not of defense, but resilience. The project develops tools and techniques for:
    • Cyber-induced vulnerability identification of interdependent infrastructure
    • Modeling security of cyber-physical system
    • Risk and economic analysis of security modernization in energy infrastructure
    • Framework large-scale virtual cyber-physical testbed.


  • The outcome is a set of tools and methods that will address the need to develop a generalized, intrinsically scalable computational modeling and simulation-based approach for analyzing critical infrastructure resiliency.

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