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The architectural style used in a software system is an important factor in satisfying its quality requirements. In battery-powered environments, such as mobile and pervasive systems, efficiency with respect to energy consumption is often an important quality requirement. In this paper, the authors present a framework that facilitates early estimation of the energy consumption induced by an architectural style in a distributed system, and enables an engineer to use energy consumption estimates along with other quality attributes in determining the most appropriate style for a given distributed application.
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