Distributed two-time-scale methods over clustered networks

Thiem V. Pham, Thinh T. Doan, Dinh Hoa Nguyen

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In this paper, we consider consensus problems over a network of nodes, where the network is divided into a number of clusters. We are interested in the case where the communication topology within each cluster is dense as compared to the sparse communication across the clusters. Moreover, each cluster has one leader which can communicate with other leaders in different clusters. The goal of the nodes is to agree at some common value under the presence of communication delays across the clusters. Our main contribution is to propose a novel distributed two-time-scale consensus algorithm, which pertains to the separation in network topology of clustered networks. In particular, one scale is to model the dynamics of the agents in each cluster, which is much faster (due to the dense communication) than the scale describing the slowly aggregated evolution between the clusters (due to the sparse communication). We prove the convergence of the proposed method in the presence of uniform, but possibly arbitrarily large, communication delays between the leaders. In addition, we provide an explicit formula for the convergence rate of such algorithm, which characterizes the impact of delays and the network topology. Our results shows that after a transient time characterized by the topology of each cluster, the convergence of the two-time-scale consensus method only depends on the connectivity of the leaders. Finally, we validate our theoretical results by a number of numerical simulations on different clustered networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 American Control Conference, ACC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665441971
Publication statusPublished - May 25 2021
Event2021 American Control Conference, ACC 2021 - Virtual, New Orleans, United States
Duration: May 25 2021May 28 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Conference2021 American Control Conference, ACC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, New Orleans

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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