Using the TESPΒΆ

TESP runs primarily on Linux (Ubuntu tested). Execution on Windows and Mac OS X is available through a Linux virtual machine or Docker, both of which are free downloads. See this site and the repository at for more information.

TESP comes with the following components:

  • Python packages for TEAgents, case configuration and post-processing.

  • GridLAB-D for electric power distribution systems, along with residential and small commercial buildings, built with HELICS and FNCS.

  • EnergyPlus v8.3 to simulate large buildings, built with FNCS and a bridge to HELICS.

  • PYPOWER for bulk system power flow and optimal power flow, with HELICS and FNCS wrappers.

  • ns-3 for communication system simulation, built with HELICS and in debug mode to enable logging.

  • A command-line version of OpenDSS, built with FNCS.

  • Examples of simple and unpackaged TEAgents in Python, Java and C++.

  • Examples from NIST TE Challenge II and other case studies.

  • An 8-bus test system based on public ERCOT data.

There are two ways of using the TESP:

  • Install TESP: this may require administrator privileges on the target computer and supplemental downloads. It will be possible to develop new TEAgents and valuation scripts by modifying or developing Python, Java or C++ code.

  • Build TESP: in addition to the skill set for installing TESP, users should be familiar with configuring environments and using C/C++ compilers on the target computer. This approach enables the user to develop new TEAgents (as above), and also to replace or upgrade co-simulation federates within TESP.