FedDA: Faster Framework of Local Adaptive Gradient Methods via Restarted Dual AveragingDownload PDF

Published: 01 Feb 2023, Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023Submitted to ICLR 2023Readers: Everyone
Abstract: Federated learning (FL) is an emerging learning paradigm to tackle massively distributed data. In Federated Learning, a set of clients jointly perform a machine learning task under the coordination of a server. The FedAvg algorithm is one of the most widely used methods to solve Federated Learning problems. In FedAvg, the learning rate is a constant rather than changing adaptively. The adaptive gradient methods show superior performance over the constant learning rate schedule; however, there is still no general framework to incorporate adaptive gradient methods into the federated setting. In this paper, we propose \textbf{FedDA}, a novel framework for local adaptive gradient methods. The framework adopts a restarted dual averaging technique and is flexible with various gradient estimation methods and adaptive learning rate formulations. In particular, we analyze \textbf{FedDA-MVR}, an instantiation of our framework, and show that it achieves gradient complexity $\tilde{O}(\epsilon^{-1.5})$ and communication complexity $\tilde{O}(\epsilon^{-1})$ for finding a stationary point $\epsilon$. This matches the best known rate for first-order FL algorithms and \textbf{FedDA-MVR} is the first adaptive FL algorithm that achieves this rate. We also perform extensive numerical experiments to verify the efficacy of our method.
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