Distributed Stochastic Gradient Descent Using LDGM Codes

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We consider a distributed learning problem in which the computation is carried out on a system consisting of a master node and multiple worker nodes. In such systems, the existence of slow-running machines called stragglers will cause a significant decrease in performance. Recently, coding theoretic framework, which is named Gradient Coding (GC), for mitigating stragglers in distributed learning has been established by Tandon et al. Most studies on GC are aiming at recovering the gradient information completely assuming that the Gradient Descent (GD) algorithm is used as a learning algorithm. On the other hand, if the Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD) algorithm is used, it is not necessary to completely recover the gradient information, and its unbiased estimator is sufficient for the learning. In this paper, we propose a distributed SGD scheme using Low Density Generator Matrix (LDGM) codes. In the proposed system, it may take longer time than existing GC methods to recover the gradient information completely, however, it enables the master node to obtain a high-quality unbiased estimator of the gradient at low computational cost and it leads to overall performance improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538692912
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul
Event2019 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2019 - Paris, France
Duration: 2019 Jul 72019 Jul 12

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2019 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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