Performance analysis of next generation web access via satellite

R. Secchi*, A. C. Mohideen, G. Fairhurst

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Responsiveness is a critical metric for web performance. Recent work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has resulted in a new set of web protocols, including definition of the hypertext transfer protocol version 2 (HTTP/2) and a corresponding set of TCP updates. Together, these have been designed to reduce the web page download latency compared with HTTP/1.1. This paper describes the main features of the new protocols and discusses the impact of path delay on their expected performance. It then presents a set of tests to evaluate whether current implementations of the new protocols can offer benefit with an operational satellite access network and suggests how the specifications can evolve and be tuned to further enhance performance for long network paths.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018


  • SPDY
  • HTTP/2
  • PEP
  • web performance


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