A covering decomposition algorithm for power grid cyber-network segmentation

We present a trilevel interdiction model for optimally segmenting the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) network controlling an electric power grid. In this formulation, we decide how to partition nodes of the SCADA network in order to minimize the shedding of load from a worst-case cyberattack, assuming that the grid operator has the opportunity … Read more

Deriving Solution Value Bounds from the ADMM

This short paper describes a simple subgradient-based techniques for deriving bounds on the optimal solution value when using the ADMM to solve convex optimization problems. The technique requires a bound on the magnitude of some optimal solution vector, but is otherwise completely general. Some computational examples using LASSO problems demonstrate that the technique can produce … Read more

Single-Forward-Step Projective Splitting: Exploiting Cocoercivity

This work describes a new variant of projective splitting for monotone inclusions, in which cocoercive operators can be processed with a single forward step per iteration. This result establishes a symmetry between projective splitting algorithms, the classical forward backward splitting method (FB), and Tseng’s forward-backward-forward method (FBF). Another symmetry is that the new procedure allows … Read more

Relative-error inertial-relaxed inexact versions of Douglas-Rachford and ADMM splitting algorithms

This paper derives new inexact variants of the Douglas-Rachford splitting method for maximal monotone operators and the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) for convex optimization. The analysis is based on a new inexact version of the proximal point algorithm that includes both an inertial step and overrelaxation. We apply our new inexact ADMM method … Read more

Projective Hedging for Stochastic Programming

We propose a decomposition algorithm for multistage stochastic programming that resembles the progressive hedging method of Rockafellar and Wets, but is provably capable of several forms of asynchronous operation. We derive the method from a class of projective operator splitting methods fairly recently proposed by Combettes and Eckstein, significantly expanding the known applications of those … Read more

Projective Splitting with Forward Steps only Requires Continuity

A recent innovation in projective splitting algorithms for monotone operator inclusions has been the development of a procedure using two forward steps instead of the customary proximal steps for operators that are Lipschitz continuous. This paper shows that the Lipschitz assumption is unnecessary when the forward steps are performed in finite-dimensional spaces: a backtracking linesearch … Read more

Convergence Rates for Projective Splitting

Projective splitting is a family of methods for solving inclusions involving sums of maximal monotone operators. First introduced by Eckstein and Svaiter in 2008, these methods have enjoyed significant innovation in recent years, becoming one of the most flexible operator splitting frameworks available. While weak convergence of the iterates to a solution has been established, … Read more

Projective Splitting with Forward Steps: Asynchronous and Block-Iterative Operator Splitting

This work is concerned with the classical problem of finding a zero of a sum of maximal monotone operators. For the projective splitting framework recently proposed by Combettes and Eckstein, we show how to replace the fundamental subproblem calculation using a backward step with one based on two forward steps. The resulting algorithms have the … Read more

A Simplified Form of Block-Iterative Operator Splitting, and an Asynchronous Algorithm Resembling the Multi-Block ADMM

This paper develops what is essentially a simplified version of the block-iterative operator splitting method already proposed by the author and P. Combettes, but with more general initialization conditions. It then describes one way of implementing this algorithm asynchronously under a computing model inspired by modern HPC environments, which consist of interconnected nodes each having … Read more

Approximate Versions of the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers

We present three new approximate versions of alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM), all of which require only knowledge of subgradients of the subproblem objectives, rather than bounds on the distance to the exact subproblem solution. One version, which applies only to certain common special cases, is based on combining the operator-splitting analysis of the … Read more