Avoiding the rush hours: WiFi energy management via traffic isolation

Justin Manweiler, Romit Roy Choudhury

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Abstract

WiFi continues to be a prime source of energy consumption in mobile devices. This paper observes that, despite a rich body of research in WiFi energy management, there is room for improvement. Our key finding is that WiFi energy optimizations have conventionally been designed with a single AP in mind. However, network contention among different APs can dramatically increase a client's energy consumption. Each client may have to keep awake for long durations before its own AP gets a chance to send packets to it. As the AP density increases in the vicinity, the waiting time inflates, resulting in a proportional decrease in battery life. We design SleepWell, a system that achieves energy efficiency by evading network contention. The APs regulate the sleeping window of their clients in a way that different APs are active/inactive during non-overlapping time windows. The solution is analogous to the common wisdom of going late to office and coming back late, thereby avoiding the rush hours. We implement SleepWell on a testbed of 8 Laptops and 9 Android phones, and evaluate it over a wide variety of scenarios and traffic patterns (YouTube, Pandora, FTP, Internet radio, and mixed). Results show a median gain of up to 2x when WiFi links are strong; when links are weak and the network density is high, the gains can be even more. We believe SleepWell is a desirable upgrade to WiFi systems, especially in light of increasing WiFi density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops
Pages253-266
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys'11 and Co-located Workshops - Bethesda, MD, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2011Jul 1 2011

Publication series

NameMobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services and Co-located Workshops

Other

Other9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys'11 and Co-located Workshops
CountryUnited States
CityBethesda, MD
Period6/28/117/1/11

Keywords

  • 802.11
  • AP
  • PSM
  • WLAN
  • beacon
  • contention
  • scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Communication

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