Lingfang Gao

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Degree Type

Master's Project


Computer Science


With the rapid development of smart phones, enormous amounts of data are generated and usually require intensive and real-time computation. Nevertheless, quality of service (QoS) is hardly to be met due to the tension between resourcelimited (battery, CPU power) devices and computation-intensive applications. Mobileedge computing (MEC) emerging as a promising technique can be used to copy with stringent requirements from mobile applications. By offloading computationally intensive workloads to edge server and applying efficient task scheduling, energy cost of mobiles could be significantly reduced and therefore greatly improve QoS, e.g., latency. This paper proposes a joint computation offloading and prioritized task scheduling scheme in a multi-user mobile-edge computing system. We investigate an energy minimizing task offloading strategy in mobile devices and develop an effective priority-based task scheduling algorithm with edge server. The execution time, energy consumption, execution cost, and bonus score against both the task data sizes and latency requirement is adopted as the performance metric. Performance evaluation results show that, the proposed algorithm significantly reduce task completion time, edge server VM usage cost, and improve QoS in terms of bonus score. Moreover, dynamic prioritized task scheduling is also discussed herein, results show dynamic thresholds setting realizes the optimal task scheduling. We believe that this work is significant to the emerging mobile-edge computing paradigm, and can be applied to other Internet of Things (IoT)-Edge applications.

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