Tactics-based remote execution for mobile computing

Rajesh Krishna Balan, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Soyoung Park, Tadashi Okoshi

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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 repartitioning 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 overprovisioned environment to improve application performance.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 5
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, MobiSys 2003 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2003 May 52003 May 8


Conference1st International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, MobiSys 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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