New Primal-Dual Proximal Algorithm for Distributed Optimization

12 Mar 2017  ·  Latafat Puya, Stella Lorenzo, Patrinos Panagiotis ·

We consider a network of agents, each with its own private cost consisting of the sum of two possibly nonsmooth convex functions, one of which is composed with a linear operator. At every iteration each agent performs local calculations and can only communicate with its neighbors... The goal is to minimize the aggregate of the private cost functions and reach a consensus over a graph. We propose a primal-dual algorithm based on \emph{Asymmetric Forward-Backward-Adjoint} (AFBA), a new operator splitting technique introduced recently by two of the authors. Our algorithm includes the method of Chambolle and Pock as a special case and has linear convergence rate when the cost functions are piecewise linear-quadratic. We show that our distributed algorithm is easy to implement without the need to perform matrix inversions or inner loops. We demonstrate through computational experiments how selecting the parameter of our algorithm can lead to larger step sizes and yield better performance. read more

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Optimization and Control