System loads webpages 34% faster by fetching files more effectively

Wed, 03/09/2016 By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL Press Inquiries There are few things more frustrating than a slow-loading webpage. For companies, what’s even worse is what comes after: users abandoning their site in droves. Amazon, for example, estimates that every 100-millisecond delay cuts their profits by 1 percent.To help combat this problem, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Harvard have developed a system that decreases page-load times by 34 percent. Dubbed “Polaris,” the framework determines how to overlap the downloading of a page’s objects, such that the overall page requires less time to load.“It can take up to 100 milliseconds each time a browser has to cross a mobile network to fetch a piece of data,” says PhD student Ravi Netravali, who is first author…


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