All the talk of traffic jams on the information highway has created a market for products that speed up access to the Internet. Datalytics has announced X-Speed, a technology that, it claims, allows the user to surf the Net at five times the usual speed.
The X-Speed product, codenamed Blaze, uses a combination of four technologies to reduce the time it takes for information to be transferred from content provider to surfer. These are compression, encapsulation, read-ahead browsing and intelligent caching.
Compression algorithms reduce the data to be transferred from the host into a more streamlined package. Read-ahead browsing involves ?pre-fetching pages?, whereby the software assesses pages that are likely to be visited next and makes the connection while the modem is idle.
Intelligent caching features retain information so that a page will not have to be downloaded twice if the user wants to reread it. Encapsulation is the most important innovation, Datalytics says, reducing the number of HTTP connections required to download a Web page from 20-30 to less than five.
Used with Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer on Windows 95 or Windows NT, Datalytics states that X-Speed improves performance by up to five times. This has been backed up by tests on over 2,000 Web sites.
Shipment of the product is scheduled for February 1997.
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