Appbooster: Boosting the performance of interactive mobile applications with computation offloading and parameter tuning

Weiqing Liu, Jiannong Cao, Lei Yang, Lin Xu, Xuanjia Qiu, L. Jing

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Interactive mobile applications attract lots of attentions recently. They utilize complex algorithms (e.g., machine learning) to provide advanced functions (e.g., object recognition), thus lead to long response time while running on mobile devices. To reduce the response time, researchers propose offloading some compute-intensive parts of mobile applications onto cloud. Existing works aim to optimize general performance (e.g., response time), but ignore the enhancement of application quality (e.g., recognition accuracy), which is also critical to user experience. In this paper, we develop AppBooster, a mobile cloud platform which boosts both general performance and application quality for interactive mobile applications. AppBooster jointly leverages the quality adaptation, computation offloading and parallel speedup to boost the comprehensive performance, which is defined by developers based on the metrics of application quality and general performance. Through combining history-based platform-learned knowledge, developer-provided information and the platform-monitored environment conditions (e.g., workload, network), AppBooster manages applications with optimal computation partitioning scheme and tunable parameter setting thus obtain high comprehensive performance. We evaluate AppBooster with an object recognition application in various network conditions and show AppBooster can significantly boost application performance and obtain 1.3 to 3.5 times better performance than existing strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7733131
Pages (from-to)1593-1606
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Computation offloading
  • Interactive mobile application
  • Mobile cloud computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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