An efficient inexact symmetric Gauss-Seidel based majorized ADMM for high-dimensional convex composite conic programming

L. Chen, Defeng Sun, K.-C. Toh

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© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and Mathematical Optimization Society.In this paper, we propose an inexact multi-block ADMM-type first-order method for solving a class of high-dimensional convex composite conic optimization problems to moderate accuracy. The design of this method combines an inexact 2-block majorized semi-proximal ADMM and the recent advances in the inexact symmetric Gauss-Seidel (sGS) technique for solving a multi-block convex composite quadratic programming whose objective contains a nonsmooth term involving only the first block-variable. One distinctive feature of our proposed method (the sGS-imsPADMM) is that it only needs one cycle of an inexact sGS method, instead of an unknown number of cycles, to solve each of the subproblems involved. With some simple and implementable error tolerance criteria, the cost for solving the subproblems can be greatly reduced, and many steps in the forward sweep of each sGS cycle can often be skipped, which further contributes to the efficiency of the proposed method. Global convergence as well as the iteration complexity in the non-ergodic sense is established. Preliminary numerical experiments on some high-dimensional linear and convex quadratic SDP problems with a large number of linear equality and inequality constraints are also provided. The results show that for the vast majority of the tested problems, the sGS-imsPADMM is 2-3 times faster than the directly extended multi-block ADMM with the aggressive step-length of 1.618, which is currently the benchmark among first-order methods for solving multi-block linear and quadratic SDP problems though its convergence is not guaranteed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-270
Number of pages34
JournalMathematical Programming
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternating direction method of multipliers
  • Convex conic programming
  • Convex quadratic semidefinite programming
  • Majorization
  • Symmetric Gauss-Seidel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)


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