As part of the “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 addition to a specification of the protocol, we have developed a SPDY-enabled Google Chrome browser and open-source web server. 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 open source community to contribute ideas, feedback, code, and test results, to make SPDY the next-generation application protocol for a faster web.
Few months ago I stumbled over SPDY and was wondering if the known proxy implementations will ever be able to handle this protocol. Now, it is getting more and more interesting for products like Ironport’s Web Proxy to handle SPDY (somehow). Google is going to switch theire protocol handling for Google Apps in combination with Google Chrome to the faster and more secure SPDY protocol in the near future.
At Let’s make the web faster you can find lots of articles and user discussions about several things Google uses to fix the slow HTTP handling. From my point of view – it is necessary to exchange the HTTP(s) paradigm with a better one, which fits the needs of the internet we know!
And you would be surprised how easy it is to extend your WebApp to support SPDY besides the traditional HTTP(s) handling.