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Cooperative Convex Optimization in Networked Systems: Augmented Lagrangian Algorithms with Directed Gossip Communication

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posted on 01.02.2011, 00:00 by Dusan Jakovetic, Joao Xavier, José M. F. Moura

We study distributed optimization in networked systems, where nodes cooperate to find the optimal quantity of common interest, x = x*. The objective function of the corresponding optimization problem is the sum of private (known only by a node), convex, nodes' objectives and each node imposes a private convex constraint on the allowed values of x. We solve this problem for generic connected network topologies with asymmetric random link failures with a novel distributed, de-centralized algorithm. We refer to this algorithm as AL-G (augmented Lagrangian gossiping), and to its variants as AL-MG (augmented Lagrangian multi neighbor gossiping) and AL-BG (augmented Lagrangian broadcast gossiping). The AL-G algorithm is based on the augmented Lagrangian dual function. Dual variables are updated by the standard method of multipliers, at a slow time scale. To update the primal variables, we propose a novel, Gauss-Seidel type, randomized algorithm, at a fast time scale. AL-G uses unidirectional gossip communication, only between immediate neighbors in the network and is resilient to random link failures. For networks with reliable communication (i.e., no failures), the simplified, AL-BG (augmented Lagrangian broadcast gossiping) algorithm reduces communication, computation and data storage cost. We prove convergence for all proposed algorithms and demonstrate by simulations the effectiveness on two applications: l1-regularized logistic regression for classification and cooperative spectrum sensing for cognitive radio networks.


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