Emerging Tech SIG: SPDY: A clean-slate replacement for HTTP

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  • Presenter: Mike Belshe at Google

    Title:
    SPDY: A clean-slate replacement for HTTP

    Abstract:
    As part of Google's "Let's make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments is SPDY (pronounced "SPeeDY"), an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency. In lab tests, we have compared the performance of these applications over HTTP and SPDY, and have observed up to 64% reductions in page load times in SPDY.

    We hope to engage the greater community to contribute ideas, feedback, code, and test results, to make SPDY the next-generation application protocol for a faster web.

    Bio:
    Mike Belshe has been an early member of the Google Chrome team, working on a number of performance-related areas including network speed, plugins, and javascript performance. Most recently Mike has been working on the SPDY protocol effort, an attempt to improve upon HTTP with reduced web page load times. Mike has worked at several startups in Silicon Valley over the last 15 years, including Netscape, Remarq, Good Technology, and Lookout Software. His performance work for the web started in 1995 when he was a lead engineer on the Netscape Enterprise Server 2.0 team. Ironically, he never thought he’d ever be working on browsers back then.