ew 16(10): e1

Research Article

Analysis of the Energy-Performance Tradeoff for Delayed Mobile Offloading

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.14-12-2015.2262654,
        author={Huaming Wu and Katinka Wolter},
        title={Analysis of the Energy-Performance Tradeoff for Delayed Mobile Offloading},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Energy Web},
        volume={3},
        number={10},
        publisher={ACM},
        journal_a={EW},
        year={2016},
        month={1},
        keywords={energy-performance tradeoff, queuing model, offloading policies, heterogeneous networks, mobile cloud computing},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-12-2015.2262654}
    }
    
  • Huaming Wu
    Katinka Wolter
    Year: 2016
    Analysis of the Energy-Performance Tradeoff for Delayed Mobile Offloading
    EW
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-12-2015.2262654
Huaming Wu1,*, Katinka Wolter1
  • 1: Freie Universit√§t Berlin
*Contact email: huaming.wu@fu-berlin.de

Abstract

Mobile cloud offloading that migrates heavy computation from mobile devices to powerful cloud servers through communication networks can alleviate the hardware limitations of mobile devices for higher performance and energy saving. Different applications usually give different relative importance to the factors of response time and energy consumption. In this paper, we investigate two types of delayed offloading policies, the partial model where jobs can leave from the slow phase of the offloading process and then executed locally on the mobile device, and the full offloading model, where jobs can abandon the WiFi Queue and then offloaded via the Cellular Queue. In both models we minimise the Energy-Response time Weighted Product (ERWP) metric. We find that jobs abandon the queue very often especially when the availability ratio (AR) of the WiFi network is relatively small. We can optimally choose the reneging deadline to achieve different energy-performance tradeoff by optimizing the ERWP metric. The amount of delay a job can tolerate closely depends on the application type and the potential energy saving for the mobile device. In general one can say that for delay-sensitive applications, the partial offloading model is preferred when having a suitable reneging rate, while for delay-tolerant applications, the full offloading model shows very good results and outperforms the other offloading models when setting the deadline a large value.