Energy management in mobile devices with the cinder operating system

Arjun Roy, Stephen M. Rumble, Ryan Stutsman, Philip Levis, David Mazières, Nickolai Zeldovich

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We argue that controlling energy allocation is an increasingly useful and important feature for operating systems, especially on mobile devices. We present two new low-level abstractions in the Cinder operating system, reserves and taps, which store and distribute energy for application use. We identify three key properties of control - isolation, delegation, and subdivision - and show how using these abstractions can achieve them. We also show how the architecture of the HiStar information-flow control kernel lends itself well to energy control. We prototype and evaluate Cinder on a popular smartphone, the Android G1. Copyright © 2011 ACM.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the sixth conference on Computer systems - EuroSys '11
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450306348
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We thank John Ousterhout, the anonymous reviewers, andour shepherd, Liuba Shrira, for their feedback. This workwas supported by generous gifts from DoCoMo Capital,the National Science Foundation under grants #0831163,#0846014, and #0832820 POMI (Programmable Open MobileInternet) 2020 Expedition Grant, the King AbdullahUniversity of Science and Technology (KAUST), MicrosoftResearch, T-Mobile, NSF Cybertrust award CNS-0716806,and an NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship. This researchwas performed under an appointment to the U.S. Departmentof Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship and FellowshipProgram, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Scienceand Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreementbetween the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) andDHS. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities(ORAU) under DOE contract number DE-AC05-06OR23100. All opinions expressed in this paper are the authors’and do not necessarily reflect the policies and viewsof DHS, DOE, or ORAU/ORISE.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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