Gearing Resource-Poor Mobile Devices with Powerful Clouds: Architectures, Challenges, and Applications
Mobile cloud computing, with its promise to meet the urgent need for richer applications and services of resource-constrained mobile devices, is emerging as a new computing paradigm and has recently attracted significant attention. However, there is no clear definition and no well defined scope for mobile cloud computing due to commercial hype, and diverse ways of combining cloud computing and mobile applications. This paper makes the first attempt to present a survey of mobile cloud computing from the perspective of its intended usages. Specifically, the authors introduce three common mobile cloud architectures and classify comprehensive existing work into two fundamental categories: computation offloading and capability extending.