USENIX 2002 Annual Conference - Technical Program Abstract
Characterizing Alert and Browse Services for Mobile Clients
Atul Adya, Paramvir Bahl, Lili Qiu,
There is a fair amount of evidence that suggests that Internet access
from wirelessly-connected mobile handheld devices is gaining popularity.
However, there haven't been too many studies that have focused solely
on analyzing the wireless Internet. In this paper, we study the
notification and browse services provided by a large commercial web
site designed specifically for users who access it via their cell-phones
and PDAs. Unlike previous web studies that have analyzed browse
services provided over wired networks, we focus primarily on
browse and notification services provided over wireless channels.
Specifically, we analyze the notification and browser traces to
understand the system load, the type of content accessed, and
user behavior. We discuss the implications of our
findings for techniques such as multicast, query caching and
optimization, and transport protocol design.
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