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Throughput-Optimal Topology Design for Cross-Silo Federated Learning

Othmane Marfoq 1 Chuan Xu 1 Giovanni Neglia 1 Richard Vidal 2
1 NEO - Network Engineering and Operations
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
Abstract : Federated learning usually employs a client-server architecture where an orchestrator iteratively aggregates model updates from remote clients and pushes them back a refined model. This approach may be inefficient in cross-silo settings, as close-by data silos with high-speed access links may exchange information faster than with the orchestrator, and the orchestrator may become a communication bottleneck. In this paper we define the problem of topology design for cross-silo federated learning using the theory of max-plus linear systems to compute the system throughput---number of communication rounds per time unit. We also propose practical algorithms that, under the knowledge of measurable network characteristics, find a topology with the largest throughput or with provable throughput guarantees. In realistic Internet networks with 10 Gbps access links for silos, our algorithms speed up training by a factor 9 and 1.5 in comparison to the master-slave architecture and to state-of-the-art MATCHA, respectively. Speedups are even larger with slower access links.
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Othmane Marfoq, Chuan Xu, Giovanni Neglia, Richard Vidal. Throughput-Optimal Topology Design for Cross-Silo Federated Learning. 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2020), Dec 2020, Vancouver, Canada. ⟨hal-03007834v2⟩



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