Graph topology invariant gradient and sampling complexity for decentralized and stochastic optimization

One fundamental problem in decentralized multi-agent optimization is the trade-off between gradient/sampling complexity and communication complexity. We propose new algorithms whose gradient and sampling complexities are graph topology invariant, while their communication complexities remain optimal. For convex smooth deterministic problems, we propose a primal dual sliding (PDS) algorithm that computes an $\epsilon$-solution with $O((\tilde{L}/\epsilon)^{1/2})$ gradient … Read more

Gradient Sliding for Composite Optimization

We consider in this paper a class of composite optimization problems whose objective function is given by the summation of a general smooth and nonsmooth component, together with a relatively simple nonsmooth term. We present a new class of first-order methods, namely the gradient sliding algorithms, which can skip the computation of the gradient for … Read more