Client-Side Web Acceleration for Low-Bandwidth Hosts

Tae-Young Chang, Zhenyun Zhuang, Aravind Velayutham, and Raghupathy Sivakumar
GNAN Research Group
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Fourth International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks and Systems (Broadnets), Raleigh, NC, USA, September 2007.


Current popular web-browsers simply fetch the entire web-page from the server in a greedy fashion. This simple web fetching mechanism employed by browsers is inappropriate for use in low-bandwidth networks, since they cause large response times for users unneccesarily. In this paper, we first analyze the reasons that cause large response times by considering several factors including the properties of typical web-pages and browsers, the interaction of the HTTP and TCP protocols, and the impact of server-side optimization techniques. We then propose three easy-to-deploy browser-side optimization mechanisms to reduce the user response time. Through simulations, we compare the performance of our solution with that of current browsers and show that the proposed scheme brings significant performance benefits in terms of user-perceived response times.

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