Notice

The GO Competition is currently in the Beta Testing Phase, also known as Phase 0.

During this phase, we provide you the opportunity to get familiar with the competition platform: the problem to be solved, formats for input and output files, registration, algorithm submission and scoring. We encourage you, as a potential competitor, to try out the platform and raise questions through the Forum or Contact Us directly. Your participation in this phase will help improve the competition platform and process.

Participation at this point carries no obligation for the future. Team membership is flexible at this point.

The formal competition is subject to appropriation of funding.

Timeline

Competition Timeline

The competition will consist of two main phases of competition and a Beta Testing Phase also known as Phase 0.

Note:  All dates are approximate and subject to change and appropriation of funding.

Phase 0 / Beta Testing Phase

The Beta testing phase, also known as Phase 0, is the predecessor to the competition and allows the public to understand and test the submission process. The datasets will be publicly available for download and will be relatively small and simple in nature.

  • Start Date: June 2017
  • End Date: January 2018 (Projected)
Phase 1 (Subject to Appropriation of Funding)

Phase 1 (Subject to Appropriation of Funding) is the first round of the formal competition and will focus on the OPF problem and utilize four unique datasets. Each dataset will consist of a collection of power system network models of different sizes with associated operating scenarios. It is expected that all datasets will be open source and include models generated by the ARPA-E GRID DATA program. These will likely contain equipment and available controls not typically found in existing open source power system benchmark datasets, including, for example, transformer voltage taps and discrete capacitor banks. The Original Dataset (OD) will be released at the start of Phase 1 in order to allow competitors to start to develop solution methods. Competitors will be able to download the dataset in order to test algorithms within their own development environment. Competitors can also submit software to be scored against the OD dataset using the official competition platform at any time. Aggregate scores (as well as individual scores for evaluation time, objective function value and constraint violation for each individual power system network/scenario pair within OD) will be generated after each algorithm submission and will be displayed on a set of competition leaderboards, accessible via the competition website. Competitors may choose to remain anonymous on the leaderboards or may have their team name associated with their scores.

Trials (Spring/Summer 2018, Summer/Fall 2018; Projected)

Approximately 6 months and 9 months after the initiation of each phase, two dry-run “trial” rounds for the OPF competition will be held utilizing new power system datasets (Trial Dataset 1 (TD1) and Trial Dataset 2 (TD2)). It is expected that these models will be similar in complexity and scope to those in OD, but they will not be publically released until after the conclusion of each trial event.

A deadline for the submission of OPF solution software will be established at least one month prior to each trial event. Immediately following the deadline, the software from all competitors will be run and scored against TD1 and TD2, respectively. After each trial event, aggregate scores (as well as individual scores for evaluation time, objective function value and constraint violation for each power system network/scenario pair in TD1 and TD2) for each competitor submission will be displayed on a set of competition leader boards. The objective of the trial events is to give competitors experience in using the portal for the competition and to troubleshoot any potential algorithm submission and evaluation problems in the context of a specified deadline, as will be required in the Phase 1 Final Event.

The network/scenario pairs used for scoring for each trial event (TD1 and TD2) will be released to the public as soon as scoring and evaluation of all algorithms has been completed. TD1 and TD2 will remain available for scoring runs using the official competition platform throughout the remainder of the competition and competitors will have the ability to submit new software/algorithms (to be tested against TD1 or TD2) at any time. An evolving, continuously updated leaderboard will be maintained corresponding to each individual competition dataset.

Final Event (Fall/Winter 2018; Projected)

At the conclusion of Phase 1, the first officially scored round of the competition will occur. Conditions will be similar to those in each trial event, with a new Phase 1 Final Dataset (FD) used for evaluation and scoring. A deadline for the submission of OPF solution software will be established at least one month prior to the final event. Immediately following the deadline, the software from all competitors will be run and scored against FD. Aggregate scores (as well as individual scores for evaluation time, objective function value and constraint violation for each power system network/scenario pair in FD) for each competitor submission will be displayed on a series of competition leader boards.

Competition winners will be determined based on the final aggregate scores subject to the winning criteria specified on the GO competition website and the official rules document.

  • Start Date: January 2018  (Projected; Subject to Appropriation of Funding)
  • End Date: January 2019 (Projected)
Phase 2 (Subject to Appropriation of Funding)

Phase 2 (Subject to Appropriation of Funding) is the final round of formal competition and involves Unit Commitment (UC). The competition datasets will be power system network models augmented with additional generator constraints, such as ramp rates, start-up and shut-down costs. This will be a multiple time interval optimization problem. The datasets will focus on larger problems (up to 100,000 buses) and will be provided by GRID DATA. 

A structure similar to Phase 1 (Trials followed by a Final Event) is anticipated.

  • Start Date: January 2019 (Projected; Subject to Appropriation of Funding)
  • End Date: January 2020 (Projected)