Application-aware swapping for mobile systems

Sang Hoon Kim, Jinkyu Jeong, Jin Soo Kim

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There has been a constant demand for memory in modern mobile systems to provide users with better experience. Swapping is one of the cost-effective software solutions to provide extra usable memory by reclaiming inactive pages and improving memory utilization. However, swapping has not been actively adopted to mobile systems since it incurs a significant amount of I/O, which in fact impairs system performance as well as user experience. In this paper, we propose a novel scheme to properly harness the swapping to mobile systems. We identify that a vast amount of I/O for swapping comes from the conflict of the traditional page-level approach of the swapping and the process-level memory management scheme tailored to mobile systems. Moreover, we find out that the current victim page selection policy is not effective due to the process-level policy. To address these problems, we revise the victim selection policy to resolve the conflict and to selectively perform swapping according to the efficacy of swapping. Evaluation using a running prototype with realistic workloads indicates that the propose scheme effectively reduces the paging traffic, thereby improving user experience as well as energy consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number182
JournalACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems
Issue number5s
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept

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  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture


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