Exploring memory energy optimizations in smartphones

Ran Duan, Mingsong Bi, Chris Gniady

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30 Scopus citations


Recent development of sophisticated smartphones has made them indispensable part of our everyday life. However, advances in battery technology cannot keep up with the demand for longer battery life. Subsequently, energy efficiency has become one of the most important factors in designing smartphones. Multitasking and better multimedia features in the mobile applications continuously push memory requirements further, making energy optimizations for memory critical. Mobile RAM is already optimized for energy efficiency at the hardware level. It also provides power state switching interfaces to the operating system which enables the OS level energy optimizations. Many RAM optimizations have been explored for computer systems and in this paper we explore their applicability to smartphone hardware. In addition, we apply those optimizations to the newly emerging Phase Change Memory and study their energy efficiency and performance. Finally, we propose a hybrid approach to take the advantage of both Mobile RAM and Phase Change Memory. Results show that our hybrid mechanism can save more than 98% of memory energy as compared to the standard smartphone system with negligible impact on user experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 International Green Computing Conference and Workshops, IGCC 2011
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 International Green Computing Conference, IGCC 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 25 2011Jul 28 2011

Publication series

Name2011 International Green Computing Conference and Workshops, IGCC 2011


Other2011 International Green Computing Conference, IGCC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Environmental Engineering


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