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ISSTA 2020
Sat 18 - Wed 22 July 2020
Mon 20 Jul 2020 14:50 - 15:10 at Zoom - MOBILE APPS Chair(s): Elena Sherman

Energy efficiency is an important criterion to judge the quality of mobile apps, but one third of our randomly sampled apps suffer from energy issues that can quickly drain battery power. To understand these issues, we conducted an empirical study on 27 well-maintained apps such as Chrome and Firefox, whose issue tracking systems are publicly accessible. Our study revealed that the main root causes of energy issues include unnecessary workload and excessively frequent operations. Surprisingly, these issues are beyond the application of present technology on energy issue detection. We also found that 25.0% of energy issues can only manifest themselves under specific contexts such as poor network performance, but such contexts are again neglected by present technology. Therefore, we proposed a novel testing framework for detecting energy issues in real-world mobile apps. Our framework examines apps with well-designed input sequences and runtime contexts. To identify the root causes mentioned above, we employed a machine learning algorithm to cluster the workloads and further evaluate their necessity. For the issues concealed by the specific contexts, we carefully set up several execution contexts to catch them. More importantly, we designed leading edge technology, e.g. pre-designing input sequences with potential energy overuse and tuning tests on-the-fly, to achieve high efficacy in detecting energy issues. A large-scale evaluation shows that 91.6% issues detected in our test were previously unknown to developers. On average, these issues double the energy costs of the apps. Our test achieves a low number of false positives. Finally, we show how our test reports can help developers fix the issues.

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issta-2020-papers
14:50 - 15:50: Technical Papers - MOBILE APPS at Zoom
Chair(s): Elena ShermanBoise State University

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issta-2020-papers14:50 - 15:10
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Xueliang LiShenzhen University, Yuming YangShenzhen University, Yepang LiuSouthern University of Science and Technology, John P. GallagherRoskilde University, Kaishun WuShenzhen University
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issta-2020-papers15:10 - 15:30
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Hui LiuBeijing Institute of Technology, Mingzhu ShenBeijing Institute of Technology, Jiahao Jin, Yanjie JiangBeijing Institute of Technology
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issta-2020-papers15:30 - 15:50
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Oliviero RiganelliUniversity of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, Simone Paolo MottadelliUniversity of Milano-Bicocca, Claudio RotaUniversity of Milano-Bicocca, Daniela MicucciUniversity of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, Leonardo MarianiUniversity of Milano Bicocca
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