Approaches to asynchronous decentralized decision making

I. P. Androulakis, G. V. Reklaitis

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Motivated by the ideas of asynchronous relaxation algorithms this paper investigates optimal decision-making problems that exhibit decentralized characteristics. Such problems consist of a collection of interacting sub- systems, each one described by local properties and dynamics, joined together by the need to accomplish a common task which achieves overall optimal performance. Special properties of such systems that make them ideally suited for the framework of asynchronous computing are (a) the lack of a single overall objective describing the collective performance, and (b) the asynchronism in implementing topologically optimal decisions based on information which is local in space and time. A methodology for decentralized decision making is developed based on the solution of a series of sub- problems in which each minimizes a local objective while maximizing a common Lagrangian function, by generating independent approximations of an ascent direction in the space of the dual variables. The concepts are illustrated by means of motivating examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-355
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 28 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Agreement algorithms
  • Asynchronous distributed computing
  • Decentralized operations
  • Decision making


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