The Web is in a sort of a rat race. While Internet connections get faster, web sites are getting more and more complicated, balancing, even negating, those speed improvements. A few tech companies, particularly Google, strive to introduce technologies as well as best practices to help speed up the Web, but those solutions are usually limited to specific browsers or specific circumstances. A new project from MIT called “Polaris”, however, is aiming for a browser-agnostic method that could make web pages load as much as 34% faster.
The program might bring up questions of security, since Polaris would inevitably know the whole website in order to function properly. The tests that yielded a 34% increase in speed were performed on 200 sites, especially popular ones. Of course, the Web is made up of hundreds more pages than that. The paper that details Polaris’s functions will be presented at USENIX conference later this week. It could very well catch on, perhaps with a few safeguards, to truly make web surfing a smoother and faster experience.