Characterizing resource usage for mobile web browsing

Feng Qian, Subhabrata Sen, Oliver Spatscheck

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Abstract

Multiple entities in the smartphone ecosystem employ various methods to provide better web browsing experience. In this paper, we take a first comprehensive examination of the resource usage of mobile web browsing by focusing on two important types of resources: bandwidth and energy. Using a novel traffic collection and analysis tool, we examine a wide spectrum of important factors including protocol overhead, TCP connection management, web page content, traffic timing dynamics, caching efficiency, and compression usage, for the most popular 500 websites. Our findings suggest that that all above factors at different layers can affect resource utilization for web browsing, as they often poorly interact with the underlying cellular networks. Based on our findings, we developed novel recommendations and detailed best practice suggestions for mobile web content, browser, network protocol, and smartphone OS design, to make mobile web browsing more resource efficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobiSys 2014 - Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages218-231
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450327930
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys 2014 - Bretton Woods, NH, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2014Jun 19 2014

Publication series

NameMobiSys 2014 - Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services

Conference

Conference12th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBretton Woods, NH
Period6/16/146/19/14

Keywords

  • cellular networks
  • energy consumption
  • http
  • mobile web
  • smartphones
  • spdy
  • ssl

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