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A Globally Convergent Distributed Jacobi Scheme for Block-Structured Nonconvex Constrained Optimization Problems

Anirudh Subramanyam(asubramanyam***at***anl.gov)
Youngdae Kim(youngdae***at***anl.gov)
Michel Schanen(mschanen***at***anl.gov)
Francois Pacaud(fpacaud***at***anl.gov)
Mihai Anitescu(anitescu***at***mcs.anl.gov)

Abstract: Motivated by the increasing availability of high-performance parallel computing, we design a distributed parallel algorithm for linearly-coupled block-structured nonconvex constrained optimization problems. Our algorithm performs Jacobi-type proximal updates of the augmented Lagrangian function, requiring only local solutions of separable block nonlinear programming (NLP) problems. We provide a cheap and explicitly computable Lyapunov function that allows us to establish global and local sublinear convergence of our algorithm, its iteration complexity, as well as simple, practical and theoretically convergent rules for automatically tuning its parameters. This in contrast to existing algorithms for nonconvex constrained optimization based on the alternating direction method of multipliers that rely on at least one of the following: Gauss-Seidel or sequential updates, global solutions of NLP problems, non-computable Lyapunov functions, and hand-tuning of parameters. Numerical experiments showcase its advantages for large-scale problems, including the multi-period optimization of a 9000-bus AC optimal power flow test case over 168 time periods, solved on the Summit supercomputer using an open-source Julia code.

Keywords: distributed optimization, augmented Lagrangian, nonconvex optimization

Category 1: Nonlinear Optimization (Constrained Nonlinear Optimization )

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Entry Submitted: 12/20/2021
Entry Accepted: 12/20/2021
Entry Last Modified: 12/20/2021

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