Consensus in multi-agents systems can be efficiently used for large-scale optimization problems. Connectivity structure of the consensus network is effective in the convergence to the optimum solution where random structures show better performance as compared to heterogeneous networks.
Large-scale global optimization through consensus of opinions over complex networks
Omid Askari Sichani and Mahdi Jalili
Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling 2013, 1:11 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2194-3206-1-11