Google’s Fast Web Protocol Makes Chrome Even Faster

By | June 14, 2011 | 5 Comments


Google's Fast Web Protocol Makes Chrome Even FasterAccording to acceleration company Strangeloop, utilizing Google Chrome reduces webpage download times by 10% to 20% if the sites use Google’s fast Web protocol.

Support for Google’s SPDY has been added to Strangeloop’s Site Optimizer appliances as well as its Web acceleration service, making download times even faster than they are with Site Optimizer alone. – Strangeloop President Joshua Bixby.

One Strangeloop customer’s homepage that is fronted by Site Optimizer downloads in 7.8 sec with IE7. The numbers are 5.5 seconds for IE8, 4.9 seconds for IE9, 4.9 seconds for Firefox 3.6, and 4 seconds for Chrome 10. With SPDY in use, the Chrome 10 speed would drop another 10% to 20% going by Bixby. That would make the download speed for the page 3.2 seconds to 3.6 seconds. Google’s SPDY site claims the protocol has cut back page load times by as much as 65%.

Strangeloop is the first company to throw such extensive commercial support behind the protocol. Since SPDY requires support at the server end of Web connections, widespread use of the protocol would require vendors of routers, load balancers and any other device that might terminate browser sessions to also support SPDY. – Bixby


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  • Anonymous

    Or just use Opera, the only browser that does http pipeining by default, and works the same as this but does not need server support…

    • Armin

      Is that true? Sounds like a superior solution if it is.

    • Hans

      From your wikipedia link below:

      HTTP pipelining requires both the client and the server to support it. HTTP/1.1 conforming servers are required to support pipelining. This does not mean that servers are required to pipeline responses, but that they are required not to fail if a client chooses to pipeline requests.

    • Anonymous

      That feature usually causes more problems than it strives to eliminate.

      You get slowdowns if you request a lot of simultaneous connections at once.

  • Anonymous

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_pipelining