Cooperative Learning VIA Federated Distillation over Fading Channels

Jin Hyun Ahn, Osvaldo Simeone, Joonhyuk Kang

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Abstract

Cooperative training methods for distributed machine learning are typically based on the exchange of local gradients or local model parameters. The latter approach is known as Federated Learning (FL). An alternative solution with reduced communication overhead, referred to as Federated Distillation (FD), was recently proposed that exchanges only averaged model outputs. While prior work studied implementations of FL over wireless fading channels, here we propose wireless protocols for FD and for an enhanced version thereof that leverages an offline communication phase to communicate "mixed-up" covariate vectors. The proposed implementations consist of different combinations of digital schemes based on separate source-channel coding and of over-the-air computing strategies based on analog joint source-channel coding. It is shown that the enhanced version FD has the potential to significantly outperform FL in the presence of limited spectral resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages8856-8860
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509066315
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: May 4 2020May 8 2020

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2020-May
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period5/4/205/8/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Distributed training
  • federated learning
  • joint source-channel coding
  • machine learning

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