Internet performance may receive a much needed boost in the guise of a new Java-based software technology developed by Peak Technologies in the US.
Called Peak Net.Jet the Java client runs behind the browser and automatically monitors a user's World Wide Web site activities. The software then automatically begins downloading possible URLs that are hot-linked to the site in the background while a user is reading a specific Web page.
For example, if a user downloads a page that has 15 different hot links associated with it, Peak Net.Jet automatically begins downloading and caching the pages on the user's local hard drive in case the user decides to click on one of the links.
Then if a user picks one of the links cached, Peak Net.Jet automatically presents the text from the page while pulling down the associated graphics.
At the same time, the software also flushes its cache and begins rebuilding the cache with new pages.
Company officials in Washington added that they are looking at creating a proxy server version for corporate workgroups.
"Anything that is going to speed up the process of the Web is going to be something that I will take a close look at using in my company," said an IS manager at a major Los Angeles law firm. "This sounds interesting, but we will have to put it through the paces to see if it can really provide what it says it can."
Peak also is working on two other Java client technologies.
The company is due to ship within a few months Java-based animation software called Peak Web Animator, which is designed to let users add Java animation applets to a Web site with no programming.
In addition, Peak officials said the company has a Java-based 200-to-1 compression offering called Peak Lightning Strike.
Peak Net.Jet is u15 and is available at www.peak-media.com.
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