Achieving Resilience in SDN-Based Smart Grid: A Multi-Armed Bandit Approach

Mubashir Husain Rehmani, Fayaz Akhtar, Alan Davy, Brendan Jennings

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Abstract

With the advancement in electrical power systems, control engineering, and information and communication technologies (ICT), remarkable efforts have been made to improve the current electrical power grid, resulting in the so-called intelligent grid or the smart grid (SG). The envisioned smart grid heavily relies on ICT to support two-way communication, demand side management, and other critical smart grid operations. In case of an attack in the SG environment, communication link failures may occur. Moreover, an attacker may also compromise the switch within the SG communication network, thus leading to the breakdown of several communication links. Consequently, important information will not be communicated to and from the SG entities like relays, and remote terminal units (RTUs), As a result, cascading failures or blackouts may occur. Identification of these link failures and choosing alternative communication paths at run-time is indispensable. Thus, to deal with this issue, we consider an SDN-based smart grid setting in which the SDN controller in coordination with the network switches, is capable of learning about the link failures inside the network and then adapt to the changing network conditions dynamically. We model this problem as Multi-armed bandit problem and propose a link failure learning (LFL-MAB) algorithm. The proposed algorithm has the capability to learn the strategy adopted by the attacker and select those communication links which are reliable. Simulation results show that the proposed algorithm outperform other approaches and ensure reliable communication and resiliency within the smart grid network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 4th IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization and Workshops, NetSoft 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages105-113
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781538646335
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2018
Event4th IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization and Workshops, NetSoft 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Publication series

Name2018 4th IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization and Workshops, NetSoft 2018

Conference

Conference4th IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization and Workshops, NetSoft 2018
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period25/06/201829/06/2018

Keywords

  • Machine learning
  • Multi-armed bandit (MAB)
  • Smart grid (SG)
  • Software defined network (SDN)

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