SPDYing up the web

Bryce Thomas*, Raja Jurdak, Ian Atkinson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Today's Web bears little resemblance to the Web of a decade ago. A Web page today encapsulates tens to hundreds of resources pulled from multiple domains. JavaScript is the technological staple of Web applications, not a tool for frivolous animation. Users access the Web from diverse device form factors, while browsers have improved dramatically. A constant throughout this evolution is the underlying applicationlayer protocol-HTTP-providing fertile ground for Web growth and evolution but was designed at a time of far less page complexity. Moreover, HTTP is not optimal, with pages taking longer to load. Studies over the past five years suggest even 100 milliseconds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-73
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


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