Distributed Average Consensus under Quantized Communication via Event- Triggered Mass Summation
Source57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2018)
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The goal of distributed average consensus in multiagent systems is for the nodes, each associated with some initial value, to obtain the average (or some value close to the average) of these initial values. In this paper, we present and analyze a distributed averaging algorithm which operates exclusively on quantized values (specifically, the information stored, processed and exchanged between neighboring agents is subject to deterministic uniform quantization) and relies on event-driven updates (e.g., to reduce energy consumption, communication bandwidth, network congestion, and/or processor usage). We characterize the properties of the proposed distributed averaging protocol and show that its execution, on any time-invariant and strongly connected digraph, will allow all agents to reach, in finite time, a common consensus value represented as the ratio of two integers that is equal to the exact average. We conclude with examples that illustrate the operation, performance, and potential advantages of the proposed algorithm.