Global Update Tracking: A Decentralized Learning Algorithm for Heterogeneous Data

Published: 21 Sept 2023, Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023NeurIPS 2023 posterEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Keywords: Federated Learning, Decentralized Learning, Non-IID Data, Heterogeneous data distribution, Peer-to-peer connectivity
TL;DR: Proposed a novel decentralized learning algorithm to improve the performance over non-IID data via tracking mechanism without any communication overhead
Abstract: Decentralized learning enables the training of deep learning models over large distributed datasets generated at different locations, without the need for a central server. However, in practical scenarios, the data distribution across these devices can be significantly different, leading to a degradation in model performance. In this paper, we focus on designing a decentralized learning algorithm that is less susceptible to variations in data distribution across devices. We propose Global Update Tracking (GUT), a novel tracking-based method that aims to mitigate the impact of heterogeneous data in decentralized learning without introducing any communication overhead. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique through an exhaustive set of experiments on various Computer Vision datasets (CIFAR-10, CIFAR-100, Fashion MNIST, and ImageNette), model architectures, and network topologies. Our experiments show that the proposed method achieves state-of-the-art performance for decentralized learning on heterogeneous data via a 1-6% improvement in test accuracy compared to other existing techniques.
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Submission Number: 597