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PCach: The Case for Pre-Caching your Mobile Data

Katia Jaffrès-Runser 1 Gentian Jakllari 1
1 IRIT-RMESS - Réseaux, Mobiles, Embarqués, Sans fil, Satellites
IRIT - Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse
Abstract : We present PCach, a smartphone-based approach for relieving the congestion in cellular network resulting from the exponential growth in mobile data traffic. The basic idea underlying PCach is simple: use WiFi to proactively cache content on the smartphone's memory, which otherwise would have been delivered through the cellular network. However, it leads to several challenging questions, including how much mobile data actually flows through cellular networks, how much data can be pre-cached, and when and what to pre-cache. We address these questions progressively using a thorough analysis of user data collected from our purpose-built crowdsensing Android application, actively utilized by 45 users for periods dating back to July 2014. Our analysis shows that the median smartphone user transfers 15% of their data via the cellular network and that 80% of it can be pre-cached via WiFi. To capitalize on these results, we draw on a careful analysis of the measurement data to introduce an algorithm that can run stand-alone on off-the-shelf smartphones and predict with good accuracy when and what to pre-cache.
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Katia Jaffrès-Runser, Gentian Jakllari. PCach: The Case for Pre-Caching your Mobile Data. 43rd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Oct 2018, Chicago, United States. pp.465-468, ⟨10.1109/LCN.2018.8638100⟩. ⟨hal-02891609⟩



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