Remedial Actions Optimisation interface


FARAO provides a common interface for remedial actions optimisation features. This way, it may be possible to use transparently multiple implementation of RAO functionality without changing the client code.

Current version of this interface is in alpha version. It may change during development process (especially the RAO result interface).

Available implementations

Two implementations of RAO functionality are currently part of FARAO roadmap.

Closed optimisation

Closed optimisation implementation of RAO feature is the conversion of RAO problem in a single Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) problem. This problem can then be solved using different solvers.

For more information regarding closed optimisation engine, and available optimisation problem converters, please refer to the dedicated documentation.

Search tree remedial action optimisation

The search-tree is an efficient implementation of RAO interface for dealing with combinatorial and non linear problem of remedial actions optimisation mixing topological actions, and combined preventive/curative optimisation. The search tree RAO developed in FARAO, named CASTOR, is based on this algorithm.

This module is being developed in FARAO toolbox. Please refer to FARAO roadmap for information about current implementation plan. For more information on this implementation, please refer to the dedicated documentation.

Using RAO function


To run a remedial actions optimisation, one have to configure the componentDefaultConfig module to indicate the implementations to use for the com.farao_community.farao.ra_optimisation.RaoComputationFactory, by setting the RaoComputationFactory property.

YAML version

    RaoComputationFactory: com.farao_community.farao.closed_optimisation_rao.ClosedOptimisationRaoFactory

XML version


Note: different remedial actions optimisation implementations might require specific configurations, in additional config file’s sections.

Via iTools: ra-optimisation tool

The ra-optimisation command in iTools is used to run a remedial action optimisation on a given network, with given CRAC file.


$> itools ra-optimisation --help
usage: itools [OPTIONS] ra-optimisation --case-file <FILE> --crac-file <FILE>
       [--help] [--output-file <FILE>] [--output-format <FORMAT>]
       [--parameters-file <FILE>] [--skip-postproc]

Available options are:
    --config-name <CONFIG_NAME>   Override configuration file name
    --parallel                    Run command in parallel mode

Available arguments are:
    --case-file <FILE>         the case path
    --crac-file <FILE>         the CRAC file path
    --help                     display the help and quit
    --output-file <FILE>       the RAO results output path
    --output-format <FORMAT>   the RAO results output format [CSV, JSON]
    --parameters-file <FILE>   the RAO parameters as JSON file
    --skip-postproc            skip network importer post processors (when

Required parameters


Use the --case-file parameter to specify the path of the network case file.


Use the --crac-file parameter to specify the path of the CRAC file.

Optional parameters


Use the --output-file parameter to export the result of the computation to the specified path. If this parameter is not used, the results are printed to the console.


Use the --output-format parameter to specify the format of the result file. Currently, CSV and JSON formats are supported. This parameter is required if the output-file parameter is used.


Use the --parameters-file parameter to specify the path of the configuration file.


Use the --skip-postproc parameter to skip the network importer’s post processors. Read the post processor documentation page to learn more about network importer’s post processors.


The following example shows how to run a remedial actions optimisation, using the default configuration:

$> itools ra-optimisation --case-file case.uct --crac-file crac.json

Via direct code usage:

Maven configuration

To use the RAO computation feature, add the following dependency to your pom.xml file:


Launching default RAO computation implementation

// Get RAO inputs
Network network = ...
CRACFile cracFile = ...

// Create RAO engine
ComputationManager computationManager = LocalComputationManager.getDefault();
RaoComputationFactory factory = ComponentDefaultConfig.load().newFactoryImpl(RaoComputationFactory.class);
RaoComputation computation = factory.create(network, cracFile, computationManager, 0);
RaoComputationParameters parameters = RaoComputationParameters.load();

// Run RAO computation job
RaoComputationResult result =, parameters).join();