Title: Distributed constrained optimisation over cloud-based multi-agent networks

Authors: Wei Xu; Qing Ling; Yongcheng Li; Manxi Wang

Addresses: Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230026, China ' School of Data and Computer Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510006, China ' State Key Laboratory of Complex Electromagnetic Environment Effects on Electronics and Information System, Luoyang, Henan, 471003, China ' State Key Laboratory of Complex Electromagnetic Environment Effects on Electronics and Information System, Luoyang, Henan, 471003, China

Abstract: We consider a distributed constrained optimisation problem where a group of distributed agents are interconnected via a cloud center, and collaboratively minimise a network-wide objective function subject to local and global constraints. This paper devotes to developing efficient distributed algorithms that fully utilise the computation abilities of the cloud center and the agents, as well as avoid extensive communications between the cloud center and the agents. We address these issues by introducing two divide-and-conquer techniques, the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) and a primal-dual first-order (PDFO) method, which assign the local objective functions and constraints to the agents while the global ones to the cloud center. Both algorithms are proved to be convergent to the primal-dual optimal solution. Numerical experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed distributed constrained optimisation algorithms.

Keywords: cloud computing; distributed optimisation; ADMM; alternating direction method of multipliers; PDFO; primal-dual first-order method.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2018.094707

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2018 Vol.28 No.1, pp.43 - 56

Received: 08 Jan 2017
Accepted: 19 Oct 2017

Published online: 08 Sep 2018 *

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