Resource-aware distributed differential evolution for training expensive neural-network-based controller in power electronic circuit

Liu, Xiao-Fang ORCID: 0000-0002-8137-4201, Zhan, Zhi-Hui ORCID: 0000-0003-0862-0514 and Zhang, Jun ORCID: 0000-0003-4148-4294 (2021) Resource-aware distributed differential evolution for training expensive neural-network-based controller in power electronic circuit. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 33 (11). pp. 6286-6296. ISSN 2162-237X


The neural-network (NN)-based control method is a new emerging promising technique for controller design in a power electronic circuit (PEC). However, the optimization of NN-based controllers (NNCs) has significant challenges in two aspects. The first challenge is that the search space of the NNC optimization problem is such complex that the global optimization ability of the existing algorithms still needs to be improved. The second challenge is that the training process of the NNC parameters is very computationally expensive and requires a long execution time. Thus, in this article, we develop a powerful evolutionary computation-based algorithm to find a high-quality solution and reduce computational time. First, the differential evolution (DE) algorithm is adopted because it is a powerful global optimizer in solving a complex optimization problem. This can help to overcome the premature convergence in local optima to train the NNC parameters well. Second, to reduce the computational time, the DE is extended to distribute DE (DDE) by dispatching all the individuals to different distributed computing resources for parallel computing. Moreover, a resource-aware strategy (RAS) is designed to further efficiently utilize the resources by adaptively dispatching individuals to resources according to the real-time performance of the resources, which can simultaneously concern the computing ability and load state of each resource. Experimental results show that, compared with some other typical evolutionary algorithms, the proposed algorithm can get significantly better solutions within a shorter computational time.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1109/TNNLS.2021.3075205
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4602 Artificial intelligence
Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4605 Data management and data science
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords differential evolution, DE, neural network, NN, neural network based control method, optimisation
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