Analysis and Implementation of an Asynchronous Optimization Algorithm for the Parameter Server

This paper presents an asynchronous incremental aggregated gradient algorithm and its implementation in a parameter server framework for solving regularized optimization problems. The algorithm can handle both general convex (possibly non-smooth) regularizers and general convex constraints. When the empirical data loss is strongly convex, we establish linear convergence rate, give explicit expressions for step-size choices … Read more

An Asynchronous Mini-Batch Algorithm for Regularized Stochastic Optimization

Mini-batch optimization has proven to be a powerful paradigm for large-scale learning. However, the state of the art parallel mini-batch algorithms assume synchronous operation or cyclic update orders. When worker nodes are heterogeneous (due to different computational capabilities or different communication delays), synchronous and cyclic operations are inefficient since they will leave workers idle waiting … Read more

Global convergence of the Heavy-ball method for convex optimization

This paper establishes global convergence and provides global bounds of the convergence rate of the Heavy-ball method for convex optimization problems. When the objective function has Lipschitz-continuous gradient, we show that the Cesa ́ro average of the iterates converges to the optimum at a rate of $O(1/k)$ where k is the number of iterations. When … Read more