Performance analysis of PTP components for IEC 61850 process bus applications

Ingram, David, Schaub, Pascal, Campbell, Duncan, & Taylor, Richard (2013) Performance analysis of PTP components for IEC 61850 process bus applications. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 62(4), pp. 710-719.

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New substation automation applications, such as sampled value process buses and synchrophasors, require sampling accuracy of 1 ┬Ás or better. The Precision Time Protocol (PTP), IEEE Std 1588, achieves this level of performance and integrates well into Ethernet based substation networks. This paper takes a systematic approach to the performance evaluation of commercially available PTP devices (grandmaster, slave, transparent and boundary clocks) from a variety of manufacturers. The error budget'' is set by the performance requirements of each application. Theexpenditure'' of this error budget by each component is valuable information for a system designer. The component information is used to design a synchronization system that meets the overall functional requirements. The quantitative performance data presented shows that this testing is effective and informative. Results from testing PTP performance in the presence of sampled value process bus traffic demonstrate the benefit of a bottom up'' component testing approach combined withtop down'' system verification tests. A test method that uses a precision Ethernet capture card, rather than dedicated PTP test sets, to determine the Correction Field Error of transparent clocks is presented. This test is particularly relevant for highly loaded Ethernet networks with stringent timing requirements. The methods presented can be used for development purposes by manufacturers, or by system integrators for acceptance testing. A sampled value process bus was used as the test application for the systematic approach described in this paper. The test approach was applied, components were selected, and the system performance verified to meet the application's requirements. Systematic testing, as presented in this paper, is applicable to a range of industries that use, rather than develop, PTP for time transfer.

  • Keywords: Ethernet networks, IEC 61850, IEEE 1588, Precision Time Protocol, performance evaluation, power transmission, protective relaying, smart grids, time measurement
  • Item Type: Journal Article
  • DOI: 10.1109/TIM.2013.2245188
  • ISSN: 0018-9456
  • Pure ID: 32509796
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