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Deep learning without data aggregation from nodes

Asynchronous consensus algorithm for ML over various NW


While use of massive data benefits on training DNN models, aggregating all data into one physical location (e.g. a cloud data center) may not be possible due to data privacy concerns from consumers. For example, according to EU GDPR, it is preferable to minimize data transmission between processing nodes.
Our goal is to construct training algorithms to obtain a global DNN model that can be adapted to all data, even when individual nodes only have access to different subsets of the data. We assume that this algorithm is allowed to communicate autonomously between nodes, exchanging information such as model variables or their update difference, but data are prohibited from being moved from node they reside on.
Now, several platformers provide advanced services by aggregating/monopolizing data. However, we aim to create a society where data ownership belongs to individual and can be used for a variety of services while protecting data privacy.


  1. T. Sherson, R. Heusdens, B. Kleijn, “Derivation and analysis of the primal-dual method of multipliers based on monotone operator theory,” IEEE transactions on signal and information processing over networks, Vol. 5, 2, pp. 334?347, 2018.
  2. K. Niwa, N. Harada, G. Zhang, B. Kleijn, “Edge-consensus learning: deep learning on P2P networks with nonhomogeneous data,” submitted to KDD 2020



Kenta Niwa / Communication Science Laboratory, Media Intelligence Laboratory