IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.56, No.10, 2262-2275, 2011
Network Topology and Communication Data Rate for Consensusability of Discrete-Time Multi-Agent Systems
This paper investigates the joint effect of agent dynamic, network topology and communication data rate on consensusability of linear discrete-time multi-agent systems. Neglecting the finite communication data rate constraint and under undirected graphs, a necessary and sufficient condition for consensusability under a common control protocol is given, which explicitly reveals how the intrinsic entropy rate of the agent dynamic and the communication graph jointly affect consensusability. The result is established by solving a discrete-time simultaneous stabilization problem. A lower bound of the optimal convergence rate to consensus, which is shown to be tight for some special cases, is provided as well. Moreover, a necessary and sufficient condition for formationability of multi-agent systems is obtained. As a special case, the discrete-time second-order consensus is discussed where an optimal control gain is designed to achieve the fastest convergence. The effects of undirected graphs on consensability/formationability and optimal convergence rate are exactly quantified by the ratio of the second smallest to the largest eigenvalues of the graph Laplacian matrix. An extension to directed graphs is also made. The consensus problem under a finite communication data rate is finally investigated.