SmartVNC: An Effective Remote Computing Solution for Smartphones

Cheng-Lin Tsao, Sandeep Kakumanu, and Raghupathy Sivakumar
GNAN Research Group
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

The 17th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MOBICOM), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 19-23, 2011.


While a remote computing solution such as VNC is an effective technology for PC users to access a remote computer, it is not as effective while being used from smartphones. In this paper, we propose techniques to improve remote computing from smartphones that help deliver near-PC level experience to users. We introduce a key building block called smart-macros that have the robustness of application macros but at the same time possess the generality of raw macros. Using smart-macros we design and prototype SmartVNC, a remote computing solution for smartphones. We show using experimental studies and a trace based analysis of real user activity, that SmartVNC can improve user experience considerably.

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