NAPman

Eric Rozner, Vishnu Navda, Ramachandran Ramjee, Shravan Rayanchu
2010 Proceedings of the 8th international conference on Mobile systems, applications, and services - MobiSys '10  
WiFi radios in smart-phones consume a significant amount of power when active. The 802.11 standard allows these devices to save power through an energy-conserving Power Save Mode (PSM). However, depending on the PSM implementation strategies used by the clients/Access Points (APs), we find competing background traffic results in one or more of the following negative consequences: a significant increase, up to 300%, in a client's energy consumption, a decrease in wireless network capacity due to
more » ... unnecessary retransmissions, and unfairness. In this paper, we propose NAPman: Network-Assisted Power Management for WiFi devices that addresses the above issues. NAPman leverages AP virtualization and a new energy-aware fair scheduling algorithm to minimize client energy consumption and unnecessary retransmissions, while ensuring fairness among competing traffic. NAPman is incrementally deployable via software updates to the AP and does not require any changes to the 802.11 protocol or the mobile clients. Our prototype implementation improves the energy savings on a smart-phone by up to 70% under varied settings of background traffic, while ensuring fairness.
doi:10.1145/1814433.1814445 dblp:conf/mobisys/RoznerNRR10 fatcat:khfqrdskbrdgrhrz476vq7x3ue