Stanford Networking Seminar

12:15PM, Thursday April 22, 2010
Gates 104

SPDY : A clean-slate replacement for HTTP

Roberto Peon - Mike Belshe

About the talk:
As part of the Let's make the web faster initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments is SPDY (pronounced "SPeeDY"), an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency. In lab tests, we have compared the performance of these applications over HTTP and SPDY, and have observed up to 64% reductions in page load times in SPDY. We hope to engage the greater community to contribute ideas, feedback, code, and test results, to make SPDY the next-generation application protocol for a faster web.

About the speaker:
Roberto Peon started out doing computational perception and autonomous vehicle navigation, and then was suckered into doing special effects. This landed Roberto a career doing real-time special effects for sports television at SportVision. Moving on, Roberto has been focusing on scaling Google's front-end infrastructure. Inevitably, this led to unhappiness with the state of the protocols that run the web.

Mike Belshe has been an early member of the Google Chrome team, working on a number of performance-related areas including network speed, plugins, and javascript performance. Most recently Mike has been working on the SPDY protocol effort, an attempt to improve upon HTTP with reduced web page load times. Mike has worked at several startups in Silicon Valley over the last 15 years, including Netscape, Remarq, Good Technology, and Lookout Software. His performance work for the web started in 1995 when he was a lead engineer on the Netscape Enterprise Server 2.0 team. Ironically, he never thought he’d ever be working on browsers back then.