Linear Convergent Decentralized Optimization with Compression

Xiaorui Liu · Yao Li · Rongrong Wang · Jiliang Tang · Ming Yan

Keywords: [ Decentralized Optimization ] [ Heterogeneous data ] [ Linear Convergence ] [ Communication Compression ]


Communication compression has become a key strategy to speed up distributed optimization. However, existing decentralized algorithms with compression mainly focus on compressing DGD-type algorithms. They are unsatisfactory in terms of convergence rate, stability, and the capability to handle heterogeneous data. Motivated by primal-dual algorithms, this paper proposes the first \underline{L}in\underline{EA}r convergent \underline{D}ecentralized algorithm with compression, LEAD. Our theory describes the coupled dynamics of the inexact primal and dual update as well as compression error, and we provide the first consensus error bound in such settings without assuming bounded gradients. Experiments on convex problems validate our theoretical analysis, and empirical study on deep neural nets shows that LEAD is applicable to non-convex problems.

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