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See detailA parallel multi-population biased random-key genetic algorithm for electric distribution network reconfiguration
de Faria Junior, Haroldo UL; Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Voos, Holger UL

in The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO'19 (2019)

This work presents a multi-population biased random-key genetic algorithm (BRKGA) for the electric distribution network reconfiguration problem (DNR). DNR belongs to the class of network design problems ... [more ▼]

This work presents a multi-population biased random-key genetic algorithm (BRKGA) for the electric distribution network reconfiguration problem (DNR). DNR belongs to the class of network design problems which include transportation problems, computer network restoration and telecommunication network design and can be used for loss minimization and load balancing, being an important tool for distribution network operators. A BRKGA is a class of genetic algorithms in which solutions are encoded as vectors of random keys, i.e. randomly generated real numbers from a uniform distribution in the interval [0, 1). A vector of random keys is translated into a solution of the optimization problem by a decoder. The decoder used generates only feasible solutions by using an efficient codification based upon the fundamentals of graph theory, restricting the search space. The parallelization is based on the single program multiple data paradigm and is executed on the cores of a multi-core processor. Time to target plots, which characterize the running times of stochastic algorithms for combinatorial optimization, are used to compare the performance of the serial and parallel algorithms. The proposed method has been tested on two standard distribution systems and the results show the effectiveness and performance of the parallel algorithm. [less ▲]

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