Optimising Synchronisation Times for Mobile Devices

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Neil Lawrence, Antony I. T. Rowstron, Christopher Bishop, Michael J. Taylor


With the increasing number of users of mobile computing devices (e.g. personal digital assistants) and the advent of third generation mobile phones, wireless communications are becoming increasingly important. Many applications rely on the device maintaining a replica of a data-structure which is stored on a server, for exam(cid:173) ple news databases, calendars and e-mail. ill this paper we explore the question of the optimal strategy for synchronising such replicas. We utilise probabilistic models to represent how the data-structures evolve and to model user behaviour. We then formulate objective functions which can be minimised with respect to the synchronisa(cid:173) tion timings. We demonstrate, using two real world data-sets, that a user can obtain more up-to-date information using our approach.