MIT and Harvard researchers discover new technique to speed up Web browsing

MIT and Harvard researchers discover new technique to speed up Web browsing

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard University have revealed that they have discovered a new technique which can effectively speed up Web browsing on all browsers.

The technique discovered by the researchers to increase website-loading speed is called ‘Polaris.’ The researchers claim that the Polaris technique can help reduce the amount of waiting time taken for a web page to load because it is more efficient, than data compression services offered by Google and Opera, at loading the individual objects -- like HTML files, images, JavaScript code, and videos, among others -- which comprise a web page.

According to an explanation of the Polaris technique by MIT PhD student Ravi Netravali, the technique “does not take the data compression route.” It basically unfolds for the browser a direct, mapped out route for traveling between individual objects which make up a web page.

The researchers have highlighted the fact that a large part of Polaris’ efficiency in loading web pages is achieved by avoiding the use of HTML to identify object relationships. As such, the reductions in webpage loading time resulting from the use of Polaris technique are more “substantive” and perceptible as compared to data compression services.

Detailing the Polaris technique in a paper published on Wednesday, the researchers said that the tests of the technique on more than 200 websites -- including ESPN.com, NYTimes.com, and Weather.com -- have showed that the technique can reduce website page-load times by up to 34 percent.

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