Re: Metcalfe: HTTP/1.1 improves Net performance

Henrik Frystyk Nielsen (
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 16:48:09 -0500

At 03:56 PM 2/11/97 -0500, Rohit Khare wrote:

>With its persistent connections, HTTP 1.1 will reduce the sending of
>that open and close Internet connections for each of the many items found
>Web pages. One estimate sent to me had this improvement alone, when widely
>implemented, more than doubling Web performance. Hurray!"

The gain using HTTP/1.1 in a clever way can go from a factor of 2 to 10
depending on the operation _when_competing_ with HTTP/1.0. The overall
effect on the Internet when widely deployed is non-linear and may be much

Read the paper now submitted to SIGCOMM 97 at

Comments are welcome!


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