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HTTP Next Generation


We report on the results of the Protocol Design Group of the W3C's HTTP ‘Next Generation' Activity. The group produced and measured a prototype that shows that it is possible, largely using familiar engineering principles, to make simultaneous improvements in the following problem areas of HTTP/1.1: (1) the layering of other application protocols over HTTP; (2) modularity and extensibility; (3) networking performance and fairness; (4) the rigid binding between identifiers and protocol stacks; and (5) the opacity of layered traffic to firewalls. The prototype also suggests that these can be done in a way that may lead to unifying the Web with related middleware systems such as COM, CORBA, and Java RMI.

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Spreitzer, M. J. ; Janssen, W. C. HTTP Next Generation. 9th International World Wide Web Conference; 2000 May 15-19; Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Computer Networks. 2000 June; 33 (1-6): 593-607.


Copyright © Elsevier, 2000. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the publisher. The following article appeared in Computer Networks and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1389-1286(00)00082-7 .