Wednesday March 09, 2016

MIT Code Makes Web Pages Load 34% Faster

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that allows web pages to load 34 percent faster by overlapping the downloading of a page's objects, so that it requires less time to load.

"It can take up to 100 milliseconds each time a browser has to cross a mobile network to fetch a piece of data," says PhD student Ravi Netravali, who is first author on a paper about Polaris that he will present at this week’s USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '16). "As pages increase in complexity, they often require multiple trips that create delays that really add up. Our approach minimizes the number of round trips so that we can substantially speed up a page’s load-time."