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Colloquium-October 14, 2016

Posted on October 3, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016 (3:15 p.m. in Yost 306)

Title: ARock: an Asynchronous Parallel Algorithmic Framework

Speaker: Ming Yan (Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Michigan State University)

Hosted by Weihong Guo

Abstract: We propose ARock, an asynchronous parallel algorithmic framework for finding a fixed point to a nonexpansive operator. In the framework, a set of agents (machines, processors, or cores) updates a sequence of randomly selected coordinates of the unknown variable in a parallel asynchronous fashion. As special cases of ARock, novel algorithms in linear algebra, convex optimization, machine learning, distributed and decentralized optimization are introduced. We show that if the nonexpansive operator has a fixed point, then with probability one the sequence of points generated by ARock converges to a fixed point. Very encouraging numerical performance of ARock is observed on solving linear equations, sparse logistic regression, and other large-scale problems in recent data sciences.

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