Mobility

Realizing the Full Potential of PSM Using Proxying

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Executive Summary

The Wi-Fi radio in Smartphones consumes a significant portion of energy when active. To reduce the energy consumption, the Power Saving Mode was standardized in IEEE 802.11 and two major implementations, Static PSM and Dynamic PSM, have been widely used in mobile devices. Unfortunately, both PSMs have inherent drawbacks: Static PSM is energy efficient but imposes considerable extra delays on data transfers; Dynamic PSM incurs little extra delay but misses energy saving opportunities. In this paper, the authors first analyze a one-week trace from 10 users and show that more than 80% of all traffic are Web 2.0 flows, which are of very small sizes and short durations.

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