Decentralized Event-Triggered Federated Learning with Heterogeneous Communication Thresholds

Shahryar Zehtabi, Seyyedali Hosseinalipour, Christopher G. Brinton

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A recent emphasis of distributed learning research has been on federated learning (FL), in which model training is conducted by the data-collecting devices. Existing research on FL has mostly focused on a star topology learning architecture with synchronized (time-triggered) model training rounds, where the local models of the devices are periodically aggregated by a centralized coordinating node. However, in many settings, such a coordinating node may not exist, motivating efforts to fully decentralize FL. In this work, we propose a novel methodology for distributed model aggregations via asynchronous, event-triggered consensus iterations over the network graph topology. We consider heterogeneous communication event thresholds at each device that weigh the change in local model parameters against the available local resources in deciding the benefit of aggregations at each iteration. Through theoretical analysis, we demonstrate that our methodology achieves asymptotic convergence to the globally optimal learning model under standard assumptions in distributed learning and graph consensus literature, and without restrictive connectivity requirements on the underlying topology. Subsequent numerical results demonstrate that our methodology obtains substantial improvements in communication requirements compared with FL baselines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665467612
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Dec 6 2022Dec 9 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Conference61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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