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Evaluation of a Benchmark Suite Exposing Android System Complexities Using Region-Based Caching

Title: Evaluation of a Benchmark Suite Exposing Android System Complexities Using Region-Based Caching.
Name(s): Brown, Martin Kenneth, author
Tyson, Gary Scott, professor directing dissertation
DeBrunner, Linda S., university representative
Whalley, David B., committee member
Yuan, Xin, Ph. D., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Computer Science, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (141 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The computer architecture community relies on standard benchmark suites like MiBench, NAS, PARSEC, SPEC CPU2006 (SPEC)®, and SPLASH to study different hardware designs, but such suites are insufficient for evaluating mobile platforms like Android. Even suites that were developed for embedded systems cannot be used to gain an understanding of Android device/system interaction because they do not exercise key components of the software stack. Although based on a conventional Linux ® kernel, Android includes native libraries, a virtual machine runtime, and an application framework with multiple components for managing resources. All these interact in complex ways to support Android applications. C programs running on Linux have a relatively simple virtual memory organization, and most memory references come from the application code. In contrast, Android has a much more complex virtual memory organization (due to its multiple APIs and numerous shared libraries), and most memory references come from the Android software stack. The complexity of Android's execution environment provides opportunities for computer architects to better support the execution characteristics, structures, and resource requirements of the Android software stack and opportunities for software developers to optimize their applications for this rich environment. To help the community to exploit these opportunities, we introduce Agave, an open-source benchmark suite designed to expose the complex interactions between components of the Android software stack.
Identifier: FSU_FA2016_Brown_fsu_0071E_13594 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Computer Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: November 14, 2016.
Keywords: Android, Based, Benchmark, Caching, Region
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gary Tyson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Linda DeBrunner, University Representative; David Whalley, Committee Member; Xin Yuan, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Computer science
Computer engineering
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