AI in EE

AI IN DIVISIONS

AI in Communication Division

AI in EE

AI IN DIVISIONS

AI in Communication Division ​

AI in Communication Division

Accelerating Federated Learning with Split Learning on Locally Generated Losses

Federated learning (FL) operates based on model exchanges between the server and the clients, and suffers from significant communication as well as client-side computation burden. While emerging split learning (SL) solutions can reduce the clientside computation burden by splitting the model architecture, SL-based ideas still require significant time delay and communication burden for transmitting the forward activations and backward gradients at every global round. In this paper, we propose a new direction to FL/SL based on updating the client/server-side models in parallel, via local-loss-based training specifically geared to split learning. The parallel training of split models substantially shortens latency while obviating server-to-clients communication. We provide latency analysis that leads to optimal model cut as well as general guidelines for splitting the model. We also provide a theoretical analysis for guaranteeing convergence of our method. Extensive experimental results indicate that our scheme has significant communication and latency advantages over existing FL and SL ideas.