Cross-Iteration Coded Computing

Farzin Haddadpour, Yaoqing Yang, Viveck Cadambe, Pulkit Grover

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Abstract

We introduce the idea of cross-iteration coded computing, an approach to reducing communication costs for a large class of distributed iterative algorithms involving linear operations, including gradient descent and accelerated gradient descent for quadratic loss functions. The state-of-the-art approach for these iterative algorithms involves performing one iteration of the algorithm per round of communication among the nodes. In contrast, our approach performs multiple iterations of the underlying algorithm in a single round of communication by incorporating some redundancy storage and computation. Our algorithm works in the master-worker setting with the workers storing carefully constructed linear transformations of input matrices and using these matrices in an iterative algorithm, with the master node inverting the effect of these linear transformations. In addition to reduced communication costs, a trivial generalization of our algorithm also includes resilience to stragglers and failures. The degree of redundancy of our algorithm can be tuned based on the amount of communication and straggler resilience required. Finally, we also describe a variant of our algorithm that can flexibly recover the results based on the degree of straggling in the worker nodes. The variant allows for the performance to degrade gracefully as the number of successful (non-straggling) workers is lowered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages196-203
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665961
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 5 2019
Event56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2018 - Monticello, United States
Duration: Oct 2 2018Oct 5 2018

Publication series

Name2018 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2018

Conference

Conference56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2018
CountryUnited States
CityMonticello
Period10/2/1810/5/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Control and Optimization

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    Haddadpour, F., Yang, Y., Cadambe, V., & Grover, P. (2019). Cross-Iteration Coded Computing. In 2018 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2018 (pp. 196-203). [8635933] (2018 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ALLERTON.2018.8635933