by Donggeon Han on 2015-04-03 09:56:17
Prior battery-aware systems research has focused on discharge power management in order to maximize the usable battery lifetime of a device. In order to achieve the vision of perpetual mobile device operation, we propose that software also needs to carefully consider the process of battery charging. This is because the power consumed by the system when plugged in can influence the rate of battery charging, and hence, the availability of the system to the user. We characterize the charging process of a Nexus 4 smartphone and analyze the charging behaviors of anonymous Nexus 4 users using the Device Analyzer dataset. We find that there is potential for software schedulers to increase device availability by distributing tasks across the charging period. We estimate that approximately 53% of the users we examined could benefit from up to 18.9% improvement in net energy gained by the battery while charging. Accordingly, we propose new threads of research in charging-aware power management and deferrable task scheduling that
could improve overall availability for a significant portion of smartphone users.