Vroom: Accelerating the mobile web with server-aided dependency resolution

Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk, Ravi Netravali, Muhammed Uluyol, Harsha V. Madhyastha

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

36 Scopus citations

Abstract

The existing slowness of the web on mobile devices frustrates users and hurts the revenue of website providers. Prior studies have attributed high page load times to dependencies within the page load process: network latency in fetching a resource delays its processing, which in turn delays when dependent resources can be discovered and fetched. To securely address the impact that these dependencies have on page load times, we present VROOM, a rethink of how clients and servers interact to facilitate web page loads. Unlike existing solutions, which require clients to either trust proxy servers or discover all the resources on any page themselves, VROOM's key characteristics are that clients fetch every resource directly from the domain that hosts it but web servers aid clients in discovering resources. Input from web servers decouples a client's processing of resources from its fetching of resources, thereby enabling independent use of both the CPU and the network. As a result, VROOM reduces the median page load time by more than 5 seconds across popular News and Sports sites. To enable these benefits, our contributions lie in making web servers capable of accurately aiding clients in resource discovery and judiciously scheduling a client's receipt of resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCOMM 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages390-403
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346535
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 7 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, SIGCOMM 2017 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2017Aug 25 2017

Publication series

NameSIGCOMM 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication

Other

Other2017 Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, SIGCOMM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period8/21/178/25/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Communication

Keywords

  • Mobile web
  • Page load times
  • Web performance

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