Andrew Paverd is currently completing his DPhil in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.
Andrew grew up in Johannesburg and completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He started his MSc Engineering degree at the University of Cape Town in January 2011, at the same time as the Radar Masters programme was launched. His research in the field of Mobile Cloud Computing was supervised by Professor Mike Inggs.
Shortly after commencing his MSc at UCT, he was accepted to read for a DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, starting in October 2011. Accelerating his studies in order to complete his MSc research before moving to the UK, he successfully graduated in June 2012.
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The purpose of this research is to investigate, review and analyse the use of cloud resources for the enhancement of mobile computing. Mobile cloud computing refers to a distributed computing relationship between a resource-constrained mobile device and a remote high-capacity cloud resource. Investigation of prevailing trends has shown that this will be a key technology in the development of future mobile computing systems.
This research presents a theoretical analysis framework for mobile cloud computing. This analysis framework is a structured consolidation of the salient considerations identified in recent scientific literature and commercial endeavours. The use of this framework in the analysis of various mobile application domains has elucidated several significant benefits of mobile cloud computing including increases in system performance and efficiency.
Based on recent scientific literature and commercial endeavours, various implementation approaches for mobile cloud computing have been identified, categorized and analysed according to their architectural characteristics. This has resulted in a set of advantages and disadvantages for each category of system architecture. Overall, through the development and application of the new analysis framework, this work provides a consolidated review and structured critical analysis of the current research and developments in the field of mobile cloud computing.