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Designing for Responsiveness with Computational Sprinting
May-June 2013 (vol. 33 no. 3)
pp. 8-15
Arun Raghavan, University of Pennsylvania
Yixin Luo, University of Michigan
Anuj Chandawalla, University of Michigan
Marios Papaefthymiou, University of Michigan
Kevin P. Pipe, University of Michigan
Thomas F. Wenisch, University of Michigan
Milo M.K. Martin, University of Pennsylvania
The tight thermal constraints of mobile devices, which limit sustainable performance, and the bursty nature of interactive mobile applications call for a new design focus: enhancing user responsiveness rather than sustained throughput. To that end, this article explores computational sprinting, wherein a mobile device temporarily exceeds sustainable thermal limits to provide a brief, intense burst of computation in response to user input. By enabling tenfold more computation within the timescale of human patience, sprinting has the potential to fundamentally change the user experience that an interactive application can provide.
Index Terms:
Computer architecture,Mobile communication,Mobile handsets,Cellular phones,Thermal factors,Performance evaluation,phase-change material,computational sprinting,responsiveness,mobile devices,thermal constraints
Citation:
Arun Raghavan, Yixin Luo, Anuj Chandawalla, Marios Papaefthymiou, Kevin P. Pipe, Thomas F. Wenisch, Milo M.K. Martin, "Designing for Responsiveness with Computational Sprinting," IEEE Micro, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 8-15, May-June 2013, doi:10.1109/MM.2013.51
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