Improving smartphone user experience by balancing performance and energy with probabilistic QoS guarantee

Benjamin Gaudette, Carole-Jean Wu, Sarma Vrudhula

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Abstract

User satisfaction is pivotal to the success of a mobile application. A recent study has shown that 49% of users would abandon a web-based application if it failed to load within 10 seconds. At the same time, it is imperative to maximize energy efficiency to ensure maximum usage of the limited energy source available to smartphones while maintaining the necessary levels of user satisfaction. An important factor to consider, that has been previously neglected, is variability of execution times of an application, requiring them to be modeled as stochastic quantities. This changes the nature of the objective function and the constraints of the underlying optimization problem. In this paper, we present a new approach to optimal energy control of mobile applications running on modern smartphone devices, focusing on the need to ensure a specified level of user satisfaction. The proposed statistical models address both single and multi-stage applications and are used in the formulation of an optimization problem, the solution to which is a static, lightweight controller that optimizes energy efficiency of mobile applications, subject to constraints on the likelihood that the application execution time meets a given deadline. We demonstrate the proposed models and the corresponding optimization method on three common mobile applications running on a real Qualcomm Snapdragon 8074 mobile chipset. The results show that the proposed statistical estimates of application execution times are within 99.34% of the measured values. Additionally, on the actual Qualcomm Snapdragon 8074 mobile chipset, the proposed control scheme achieves a 29% power savings over commonly-used Linux governors while maintaining an average web page load time of 2 seconds with a likelihood of 90%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture, HPCA 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages52-63
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781467392112
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Event22nd IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture, HPCA 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Mar 12 2016Mar 16 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture
Volume2016-April
ISSN (Print)1530-0897

Other

Other22nd IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture, HPCA 2016
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period3/12/163/16/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture

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