Agent-Enabled Collaborative Downloading: Towards Energy-Efficient Provisioning of Group-Oriented Services
In this article we propose a novel approach, enabled by software agents, in mobile service provisioning process: energy-efficient collaborative downloading. The main idea is that mobile users, represented with their agents and corresponding profiles, interested in the same content download some parts directly from a service server and others afterwards locally exchange among themselves to reduce overall energy consumption. Collaborative downloading is formed as an auction where mobile users’ agents compete to determine which parts of a requested content to download directly from the service server and which to exchange with other users. Our main motivation for conceiving collaborative downloading was to lower the overall energy consumption of users’ mobile devices. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed innovation can save up to 75% of the energy of mobile devices’ batteries.
Keywordsuser collaboration software agents self-organization ad hoc network mobile service provisioning energy-efficiency
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