To tackle this frustrating problem, a group of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has found a new way to speed up the web. The most interesting part — it doesn’t ask you to increase the connection throughput or make changes in the fundamental code.
How a browser loads webpages?
Let me simplify things — Imagine you are visiting a new city and your don’t have any map. This forces you to travel on unnecessary zig-zag paths. If you are having a map, you know where to visit first and it reduces the overall travel time.
Polaris makes webpages faster by 34%
The research paper on Polaris is authored by professor Hari Balakrishnan and graduate student Ameesh Goyal, as well as Harvard professor James Mickens.
This team has already tested Polaris on 200 different types of website, including Wikipedia, Weather.com, and ESPN. If we talk about the results, a 34% improvement in speed is observed. This work will be presented later this week at the USENIX Symposium.
For further enhancements, researchers hope that it becomes integrated into our web browsers as it will allow “additional optimizations that can further accelerate page loads.”