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Google's SPDY in production mode
mod_pagespeed picked up by others

 12:42 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Though Google is loath to open source the foundations of its massive online infrastructure, it does share code for tools at the edge of its network, tools designed to accelerate the actual delivery of web stuff. Mountain View doesn't want Facebook rebuilding the Googlenet. But it is intent on accelerating the web as a whole. Ultimately, this juices the Google bottom line.

In June 2009, Google unveiled SDPY, an application layer protocol designed to improve the speed of the existing HTTP protocol, and last fall, it open sourced something it rather inelegantly calls mod_pagespeed, an Apache web server module that accelerates page delivery by optimizing content as it is served. It's yet to been seen how widely either will be used, but both are making at least some headway outside the Googleplex.

SPDY has turned up inside multiple operations including a website acceleration service known as Strangeloop and the Israel-based content delivery network Cotendo and mod_pagespeed is finding its own way as well.

Coming soon to your website?



 1:14 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Been there, done that.

Makes a mess of logging. Has some strange issues. Not done scratching my head on it yet.

Not so sure I actually need it. There's plenty of other things that can be done to speed up a site, not least 99.9% of rules in .htaccess files are so badly coded, it's a miracle the website works at all.


 2:07 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm intrigued by the advertising copy, of course, but none of my sites have been put on it by a zealous "host" or folded in on a site by me. There were earlier comments here regarding SPDY (mod_pagespeed) that indicated similar downsides. Any more comments?


 7:55 pm on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Apart from my sites not being on Apache, why would I implement a product on my web server from a company known to infringe privacy and collect all kinds of information from wherever it can?

My first priority, were I to even consider it, would be to discover if it reported home, as spyware usually does.

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