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The Power grid substation automation is moving toward virtualization. In order to facilitate this transition it is necessary to have a reference design and industrial grade open source real-time platform that can run virtualized automation and protection applications (for the power grid industry and potentially beyond).
That is why RTE, Alliander and Savoir-faire Linux created SEAPATH project under the governance of Linux foundation Energy.
Several solutions already exist but they cover only part of the needs. That's why the project aims to assemble the right packages with as few specific developments as possible. The effort is put on testing to ensure that all the parts, hardware and software fulfill the needs for critical system.
The first part of the presentation is about the virtualization platform which is built from the Yocto project with virtualization, high availability and cybersecurity features.
The second part is about, a suite of test tools based on the IEC61850 standard that will validate that the platform can indeed host automation and protection applications.
LFEnergy Seapath: Virtualization for real-time power grid subsation automation