Evaluating the performance of next generation web access via satellite

Raffaello Secchi*, Althaff Mohideen, Gorry Fairhurst

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Responsiveness is a critical metric for web performance. Update to the web protocols to reduce web page latency have been introduced by joint work between the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This has resulted in new protocols, including HTTP/2 and TCP modifications, offering an alternative to the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP/1.1). This paper evaluates the performance of the new web architecture over an operational satellite network. It presents the main features of the new protocols and discusses their impact when using a satellite network. Our tests comparing the performance of web-based applications over the satellite network with HTTP/2 confirm important reductions of page load times with respect to HTTP/1.1. However, it was also shown that performance could be significantly improved by changing the default server/client HTTP/2 configuration to best suit the satellite network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless and Satellite Systems - 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsPrashant Pillai, Yim Fun Hu, Ifiok Otung, Giovanni Giambene
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319254784
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems, WiSATS 2015 - Bradford, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20157 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference7th International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems, WiSATS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • HTTP/2
  • PEP
  • SPDY


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