Access-Redundancy Tradeoffs in Quantized Linear Computations

Vinayak Ramkumar*, Netanel Raviv*, Itzhak Tamo

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Linear real-valued computations over distributed datasets are common in many applications, most notably as part of machine learning inference. In particular, linear computations which are quantized, i.e., where the coefficients are restricted to a predetermined set of values (such as ±1), gained increasing interest lately due to their role in efficient, robust, or private machine learning models. Given a dataset to store in a distributed system, we wish to encode it so that all such computations could be conducted by accessing a small number of servers, called the access parameter of the system. Doing so relieves the remaining servers to execute other tasks, and reduces the overall communication in the system. Minimizing the access parameter gives rise to an access-redundancy tradeoff, where smaller access parameter requires more redundancy in the system, and vice versa. In this paper we study this tradeoff, and provide several explicit code constructions based on covering codes in a novel way. While the connection to covering codes has been observed in the past, our results strictly outperform the state-of-the-art, and extend the framework to new families of computations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665475549
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 25 Jun 202330 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


FundersFunder number
European Research Council852953


    • Access-Redundancy
    • coded computation
    • covering codes
    • distributed systems


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