PGT-SOLVER: An efficient solver for power grid transient analysis

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In this paper, we propose PGT-SOLVER-an effecient solver for power grid transient analysis. It is based on direct solver. The conductance matrix is SPD and is generated by modifying the matrix for DC analysis. Modified sparse vector technique is proposed to obtain solutions of interested nodes by performing partial forward and backward substitutions. Smart mapping technique is presented to obtain correct solutions without reordering the right-hand-side vector. Moreover, memorized supernode technique is utilized to speed up the substitution process. A effortless but effective parallel strategy with multiple threads is introduced to further accelerate the simulation. This software won the 1st place at 'TAU 2012 Power Grid Simulation Contest'. Experimental results on several industrial benchmarks show that this solver can get solutions fast without introducing any error. The memory consumption is also very affordable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6386740
Pages (from-to)647-652
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers, ICCAD
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 30th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2012 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2012Nov 8 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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