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


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