New HTTP software is expected to appear in browsers and servers this spring which will cut download times in half and offer Internet users an eight-fold time performance gain when they are surfing the web.
Recent research by a group of experts based at the World Wide Web Consortium in Massachusetts, a standards body, has shown that a significant part of today?s Internet congestion can be avoided by a simple redesign of the software underlying the Web.
According to Jim Gettys, a Digital software designer involved in the study, current HTTP protocols have been defeating congestion control mechanisms in the basic routing software of the Internet.
The consortium demonstrated that Internet users who have high-speed data network connections will receive data retrieval speeds twice to eight times as fast as using current World Wide Web software. For users with slower telephone connections, the performance improvement will be less but they will still experience about a 20 per cent improvement.
Netscape and Microsoft are readying versions of their software to work with the new protocol HTTP1.1 and browsers that support the new protocol are to be available later in the year. Netscape plans to release a new version of its server with the software this May.
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