MobiSys '03 Abstract
Tactics-Based Remote Execution for Mobile Computing
Rajesh Krishna Balan, Carnegie Mellon University; Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Research Pittsburgh; SoYoung Park and Tadashi Okoshi, Carnegie Mellon University
Remote execution can transform the puniest mobile device into a computing giant able to run resource-intensive applications such as natural language translation, speech recognition, face recognition, and augmented reality. However, easily partitioning these applications for remote execution while retaining application-specific information has proven to be a difficult challenge. In this paper, we show that automated dynamic re-partitioning of mobile applications can be reconciled with the need to exploit application-specific knowledge. We show that the useful knowledge about an application relevant to remote execution can be captured in a compact declarative form called tactics. Tactics capture the full range of meaningful partitions of an application and are very small relative to code size. We present the design of a tactics-based remote execution system, Chroma, that performs comparably to a runtime system that makes perfect partitioning decisions. Furthermore, we show that Chroma can automatically use extra resources in an over-provisioned environment to improve application performance.
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