Wireless and Satellite Systems. 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015 Bradford, UK, July 6–7, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Evaluating the Performance of Next Generation Web Access via Satellite

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_12,
        author={Raffaello Secchi and Althaff Mohideen and Gorry Fairhurst},
        title={Evaluating the Performance of Next Generation Web Access via Satellite},
        proceedings={Wireless and Satellite Systems. 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015 Bradford, UK, July 6--7, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={WISATS},
        year={2015},
        month={10},
        keywords={SPDY HTTP/2 PEP},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_12}
    }
    
  • Raffaello Secchi
    Althaff Mohideen
    Gorry Fairhurst
    Year: 2015
    Evaluating the Performance of Next Generation Web Access via Satellite
    WISATS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_12
Raffaello Secchi1,*, Althaff Mohideen1, Gorry Fairhurst1
  • 1: University of Aberdeen
*Contact email: r.secchi@abdn.ac.uk

Abstract

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.