Elaborating and implementing http2 standards for server-side compression

The need for basic information delivery over capacity-limited networks requires new standards for a "low-capacity Internet", delivering basic information for free to everyone.

The Internet links several billion devices worldwide together, and consists of a multitude of networks with local or global scope, private or public connected to a broad array of networking technologies. Today, around 46% of the world’s households have access to Internet through either fixed or mobile subscriptions. However, the gap between developed and developing countries is still wide. According to ITU [2], by the end of 2015, 34% of households in developing countries had Internet access, compared with more than 80% in developed countries. In the least developed countries, only 7% of households have Internet access. In this same set of countries, 12 of 100 inhabitants have active mobile broadband subscriptions, whereas less than 1 of 100 inhabitants have fixed broadband subscriptions.

Thus, a large number of inhabitants don't have access to information, not even basic information. The goal of this Master Thesis is to elaborate the use of novel web standards for server side compression. 

The idea is to send compressed texted and pictures to the mobile phone. Opera Mini is currently the only browser following this principle, by reducing Web pages to text and pictures, and compress the page before sending the compressed page to the mobile phone. The thesis needs to elaborate e.g. http2 for server-side compression of content or other functionalities to deliver LC-Internet.


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Various paths can be explored and we decide about it together with the student.



Tags: http2, Internet, basic information, compression, proxy, Internet
Published Feb. 1, 2017 9:12 AM - Last modified Feb. 1, 2017 9:12 AM


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