A Power-Saving Technique for the OSGi Platform

Kuo-Yi CHEN  Chin-Yang LIN  Tien-Yan MA  Ting-Wei HOU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E95-D   No.5   pp.1417-1426
Publication Date: 2012/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E95.D.1417
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Software System
Keyword: 
energy-efficient,  OSGi,  Java virtual machine,  DVFS,  

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Summary: 
With more digital home appliances and network devices having OSGi as the software management platform, the power-saving capability of the OSGi platform has become a critical issue. This paper is aimed at improving the power-efficiency of the OSGi platform, i.e. reducing the energy consumption with minimum performance degradation. The key to this study is an efficient power-saving technique which exploits the runtime information already available in a Java virtual machine (JVM), the base software of the OSGi platform, to best determine the timing of performing DVFS (Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling). This, technically, involves a phase detection scheme that identifies the memory phase of the OSGi-enabled device/server in a correct and almost effortless way. The overhead of the power-saving procedure is thus minimized, and the system performance is well maintained. We have implemented and evaluated the proposed power-saving approach on an OSGi server, where the Apache Felix OSGi implementation and the DaCapo benchmarks were applied. The results show that this approach can achieve real power-efficiency for the OSGi platform, in which the power consumption is significantly reduced and the performance remains highly competitive, compared with the other power-saving techniques.