FedDR -- Randomized Douglas-Rachford Splitting Algorithms for Nonconvex Federated Composite Optimization

Quoc Tran-Dinh, Nhan H. Pham, Dzung T. Phan, Lam M. Nguyen

We develop two new algorithms, called, FedDR and asyncFedDR, for solving a fundamental nonconvex composite optimization problem in federated learning. Our algorithms rely on a novel combination between a nonconvex Douglas-Rachford splitting method, randomized block-coordinate strategies, and asynchronous implementation. They can also handle convex regularizers. Unlike recent methods in the literature, e.g., FedSplit and FedPD, our algorithms update only a subset of users at each communication round, and possibly in an asynchronous manner, making them more practical. These new algorithms also achieve communication efficiency and more importantly can handle statistical and system heterogeneity, which are the two main challenges in federated learning. Our convergence analysis shows that the new algorithms match the communication complexity lower bound up to a constant factor under standard assumptions. Our numerical experiments illustrate the advantages of our methods compared to existing ones on several datasets.

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