Antares simulator 6.0 and Antares Data Organizer 1.0 are now available for download
Among the new features this new package is bringing:
Introduction of a flexible multi-threaded mode for the processing of heavy problems: Antares “Monte-Carlo years” may be distributed on a number of CPU cores freely set by the user. This parameter appears as a new tunable item of the “advanced parameter” list attached to any Antares Study. Five values are available in the [1 , N] interval, N being the number of CPU cores of the machine (virtual or physical) Antares is run on. Extreme values are expected to accommodate different study contexts:
1 : The computation of the solutions of all optimization problems encountered in the simulation session are carried out on one single CPU core, thus maximizing the machine’s resources (CPU,RAM) available for other tasks (including other Antares simulations).
N : All available CPU cores process one Monte-Carlo year each, until completion of the simulation. This mode minimizes the overall runtime.
System Map Editor (GUI)
A new interface makes it possible to define several views (maps) of the Power System modeled in an Antares study. These maps are meant to give the user the ability to set different layouts in which each Antares Area or Link can be either shown or remain hidden. Accordingly, all input and output data windows display only items related to the objects visible on a specific map.
This versatile system serves various purposes:
- Define separately maps showing only actual objects and others devoted to virtual objects (large Antares studies often involve many “virtual nodes” with little or no physical meaning , i.e. objects defined so as to play the role of auxiliary variables in optimization problems)
- Define maps related to different voltage levels, connected by “transformer” maps
- Define maps related to different infrastructure types (electricity, gas), connected by “converter” maps [note: in all maps, notations will remain “electrical”]
- Define maps related to different regions of the interconnected power system (East, Central,etc.)
Antares Data Organizer
Antares studies often involve a great number of files and may require a lot of space for storage and a lot of time during copy/transfer operations. To save both time and space resources, a companion tool to the Antares simulator is available in a separate installation package. This new application brings the ability to program space management tasks involving study compression/decompression (transforming antares study folders into archive files – back and forth) automatic copy to backup folders, register in libraries, etc.
Typical uses are , for instance:
- At the end of each week, start a planned archiving session compressing all recent studies in an archive/back-up vault
- At the end of a recurring study process, trim all studies from their output files and compress them all in a folder named after the process
- In the course of a study process, inspect folders containing Antares studies, extract brief digests from them and decide on a cleaning policy