— We consider distributed algorithms for solving dynamic programming problems whereby several processors participate simultaneously in the computation while maintaining coordination by information exchange via communication links. A model of asynchronous distributed computation is developed which requires very weak assumptions on the ordering of computations, the timing of information exchange, the amount of local information needed at each computation node. and the initial conditions for the algorithm. The class of problems considered is very broad and includes shortest path problems, and finite and infinite horizon stochastic optimal control problems. When specialized to a shortest path problem the algorithm reduces to the algorithm originally implemented for routing of messages in the ARPANET.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering