Stabilizing CPU frequency and voltage for temperature-aware DVFS in mobile devices

Jae Min Kim, Young Geun Kim, Sung Woo Chung

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Recent mobile devices adopt high-performance processors to support various functions. As a side effect, higher performance inevitably leads to power density increase, eventually resulting in thermal problems. In order to alleviate the thermal problems, off-the-shelf mobile devices rely on dynamic voltage-frequency scaling (DVFS)-based dynamic thermal management (DTM) schemes. Unfortunately, in the DVFS-based DTM schemes, an excessive number of DTM operations worsen not only performance but also power efficiency. In this paper, we propose a temperature-aware DVFS scheme for Android-based mobile devices to optimize power or performance depending on the option. We evaluate our scheme in the off-the-shelf mobile device. Our evaluation results show that our scheme saves energy consumption by 12.7%, on average, when we use the power optimizing option. Our scheme also enhances the performance by 6.3%, on average, by using the performance optimizing scheme, still reducing the energy consumption by 6.7%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6598678
Pages (from-to)286-292
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • Dynamic thermal management
  • dynamic voltage and frequency scaling
  • power management
  • smartphone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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