IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) is a scholarly archival journal published monthly that focuses on the key technical issues related to Mobile Computing. It is the intent of TMC to publish mature works of research, typically those that have appeared in part in conferences. Furthermore, it is the intent of TMC to focus on issues at the link-layer and above in wireless communications, and to focus only on topics explicitly or plausibly related to mobile systems. Read the full scope of TMC

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From the October 2016 issue

Adaptive Multi-Resource Allocation for Cloudlet-Based Mobile Cloud Computing System

By Yanchen Liu, Myung J. Lee, and Yanyan Zheng

featured article thumbnailMobile cloud computing utilizing cloudlet is an emerging technology to improve the quality of mobile services. In this paper, to better overcome the main bottlenecks of the computation capability of cloudlet and the wireless bandwidth between mobile devices and cloudlet, we consider the multi-resource allocation problem for the cloudlet environment with resource-intensive and latency-sensitive mobile applications. The proposed multi-resource allocation strategy enhances the quality of mobile cloud service, in terms of the system throughput (the number of admitted mobile applications) and the service latency. We formulate the resource allocation model as a semi-Markov decision process under the average cost criterion, and solve the optimization problem using linear programming technology. Through maximizing the long-term reward while meeting the system requirements of the request blocking probability and service time latency, an optimal resource allocation policy is calculated. From simulation result, it is indicated that the system adaptively adjusts the allocation policy about how much resource to allocate and whether to utilize the distant cloud according to the traffic of mobile service requests and the availability of the resource in the system. Our algorithm outperforms greedy admission control over a broad range of environments.

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Editorials and Announcements


  • We are pleased to announce that Marwan Krunz, the Kenneth VonBehren Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, USA, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing starting in 2017.
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TMC is a joint publication of the:

IEEE Computer SocietyIEEE Circuits and Systems Society IEEE Comunications Society IEEE Signal Processing Society


TMC is published in cooperation with: IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE Technology Management Council, IEEE Information Theory Society, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

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