When should we surf the mobile web using both WiFi and cellular?

Bo Han, Feng Qian, Lusheng Ji

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate when to browse the web using WiFi and cellular simultaneously on mobile devices. Our observation, based on empirical measurements, is that mobile web may not always benefit from multipath, which motivates a cost-benefit analysis. However, it is challenging to analyze the benefits (i.e., improved user experience) and costs (e.g., energy consumption) of web browsing, due to HTTP’s resource fetching model. We propose to use server push, a standard feature in HTTP/2, to provide an ideal framework for the cost-benefit analysis. We then design a practical system that reduces resource footprint for mobile web over multipath by providing adaptive multipath support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Workshop on All Things Cellular
Subtitle of host publicationOperations, Applications and Challenges, ATC 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages7-12
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450342490
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event5th Workshop on All Things Cellular: Operations, Applications and Challenges, ATC 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2016Oct 7 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM

Other

Other5th Workshop on All Things Cellular: Operations, Applications and Challenges, ATC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
Period10/3/1610/7/16

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful feedback. We thank Vijay Gopalakrishnan for his valuable comments and suggestions. Feng Qian’s research was supported in part by NSF under CNS-1566331.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 ACM.

Keywords

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • HTTP/2
  • Mobile web
  • Multipath TCP
  • Server push

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