Welcome to www-speed

Simon E Spero (ses@tipper.oit.unc.edu)
Thu, 14 Jul 94 22:30:23 -0400

Now that I'm back from the left coast, I've actually set up the list...

Good evening one and all, and welcome to www-speed.

The list address is www-speed@tipper.oit.unc.edu
The request address is www-speed-request@tipper.oit.unc.edu

This list is dedicated to the proposition that the web is just too darned
slow, and that some of its key components have inherent performance problems
that cannot be dealt with without changes to protocols.

Topics appropriate to the list are:

o Performance issues in existing implementations
o Managing busy servers
o Benchmarking servers
o High performance Server design
o High speed (130Mbps+) issues
o Client implementation
o HTTP - beyond 1.0
o Other performance and scalability issues

Initially, I plan to be concentrating on issues related to the HTTP protocol.
I will be sending a series of messages over the next few days analysing the
performance implications of HTTP, and discussing several alternatives that
have been proposed to improve performance.

The first post will cover the problems with HTTP/0.9 and HTTP/1.0.
This will be followed by a comparison of several proposed changes to
HTTP to alleviate these problems. I'll then wrap up with more detailed coverage
of the FHTTP protocol I mooted briefly on www-talk.

I feel the need - the need for speed