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Weight optimization for consensus algorithms with correlated switching topology

By Dusan Jakovetic, João Xavier and José M. F. Moura


We design the weights in consensus algorithms with spatially correlated random topologies. These arise with: 1) networks with spatially correlated random link failures and 2) networks with randomized averaging protocols. We show that the weight optimization problem is convex for both symmetric and asymmetric random graphs. With symmetric random networks, we choose the consensus mean squared error (MSE) convergence rate as optimization criterion and explicitly express this rate as a function of the link formation probabilities, the link formation spatial correlations, and the consensus weights. We prove that the MSE convergence rate is a convex, nonsmooth function of the weights, enabling global optimization of the weights for arbitrary link formation probabilities and link correlation structures. We extend our results to the case of asymmetric random links. We adopt as optimization criterion the mean squared deviation (MSdev) of the nodes’ states from the current average state. We prove that MSdev is a convex function of the weights. Simulations show that significant performance gain is achieved with our weight design method when compared with methods available in the literature

Topics: Consensus, weight optimization, correlated link failures, unconstrained optimization, sensor networks, switching topology, broadcast gossip
Year: 2009
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