Improvements in the Distributed Heterogeneous Simulation of Aircraft Electric Power Systems 2006-01-3044
Two recent enhancements to Distributed Heterogeneous Simulation (DHS) are variable communication rates and higher-order predictors. Variable communication automatically controls the communication interval between any two subsystems in an attempt to achieve a desired accuracy during transient periods and maximize speed during steady-state periods. Higher-order predictors can better estimate the values of exchanged variables between data exchange instances, which can improve accuracy and possibly require fewer exchanges. A comparison between a single-computer simulation of an aircraft electric power system and an equivalent three-computer DHS show that the variable communication technique enables more accuracy and higher speed distributed simulations than fixed-step communication. In addition, higher-order predictors are shown to increase accuracy in some cases.