DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2001
TIME: Noon - 1 pm
PLACE: Hammerschlag Hall D210

Jason Flinn


Self-Tuned Remote Execution for Pervasive Computing

Pervasive computing creates environments saturated with computing and communication capability, yet gracefully integrated with human users. Remote execution has a natural role to play in such environments, since it lets applications simultaneously leverage the mobility of small devices and the greater resources of large devices. In this talk, I will describe Spectra, a remote execution system designed for pervasive environments.

Spectra monitors resources such as battery energy and file cache state which are especially important for mobile clients. It also dynamically balances energy use and quality goals with traditional performance concerns to decide where to locate functionality. Finally, Spectra is self-tuning -- it does not require applications to explicitly specify intended resource usage. Instead, it monitors application behavior, learns functions predicting their resource usage, and uses the information to anticipate future behavior.

Jason is a fifth-year graduate student in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on prolonging the battery lifetimes of mobile computers.

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