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Dynamic Migration of Computation through Virtualization of the Mobile Platform

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Virtualization and live migration techniques have long been used in the enterprise server space and have been tuned to address data center usages. These capabilities are now expanding to personal computers including desktops and laptops and more recently into smaller mobile devices such as Netbooks and Mobile Internet Devices (MID). Hardware support for virtualization in these platforms, such as that offered by Intel® AtomTM processor, enables the use of existing operating systems and virtualization software. Our experiments demonstrate that live migration can be used to dynamically offload computation to a nearby desktop computer from a Netbook, taking only 25 seconds over a 100Mbps Ethernet network and approximately 100 seconds over an 802.11n interface with a measured throughput of 70Mbps. Additionally, these experiments highlight the limitations of existing virtualization solutions for migrating computation between small form-factor mobile devices and desktop computers which have widely varying resources and processing capabilities. Finally, we discuss the challenges observed in these early experiments and raise key questions that need to be resolved to enable the design of effective systems that support this use model.

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  • Virtualization
  • MIDs
  • Intel® AtomTM processor
  • mobile
  • Virtual Machine (VM)
  • live migration

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Sud, S., Want, R., Pering, T., Lyons, K., Rosario, B., Gong, M.X. (2010). Dynamic Migration of Computation through Virtualization of the Mobile Platform. In: Phan, T., Montanari, R., Zerfos, P. (eds) Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services. MobiCASE 2009. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 35. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12607-9_5

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