Hosking Receives Research Awards from Qualcomm, Inc.


Associate Professor of Computer Science Antony Hosking is the recipient of a sponsored research award from Qualcomm, Inc. The award amounts to $100,000 per year for two years.

The project that earned this award is titled Memory Management for Dalvik on Mobile Device Platforms. The lead graduate student working with Hosking is Ahmed Hussein, who interned with Qualcomm in the summer of 2012 and will do so again in the summer of 2013.

Hosking, who joined the Department of Computer Science in 1995, provides a brief description of the project: "Applications running on mobile devices, such as those based on the Android operating system and using the Dalvik virtual machine, increasingly rely on automatic memory management. Most prior work on memory management for virtual-machine based systems has focused on server environments and workloads. Mobile devices pose new challenges for memory management, particularly when it comes to managing energy consumption while maintaining good performance and utilization of the hardware. The work being funded by Qualcomm will develop tools for understanding the memory behavior of Dalvik-based applications, and for characterizing the performance of the Dalvik memory managers, leading to development of new techniques for memory management that address both energy constraints and opportunities for improved performance."

Congratulations to Professor Hosking on this award!