Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Google suggests TCP tweaks to make web pages load faster
The "make the web faster" team at Google has already impressed many with its "Google Chrome: Faster than a potato bid, but now it is focusing on something. They are on an effort to make the internet faster by reworking the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), a very important communications method that helps keep the internet working. Google says that it can reduce latency and speed things up by increasing the amount of data that initiates a TCP connection, reducing the initial timeout from three to one seconds, consolidating packets using its new TCP Fast Open protocol and adopting a better algorithm for managing network congestion. These changes are also backwards-compatible, and open source. The bad part, though is that it won't speed up internet standards ratification and deployment, so ironically this might take a while.