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Document Name:  An Analysis of the SPDY Protocol and the SPDY Proxy
Document Date:  April, 2014
Document Number:  SPDY_Final
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Committee:  Open Web Alliance
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Document Type:  Other
Abstract:  Web-based commerce and content continues to grow, with mobile devices accounting for an increasing portion of network traffic. In a bid to enhance the speed of the web, browser and application developers are implementing new protocols to improve performance. At the same time, end-to-end encryption is increasing being used to improve user privacy and security. Google’s SPDY, described as “an experimental protocol for a faster web”, is one of the new protocols being introduced to reduce web page load times. Deployment is increasing, but as of today many web servers still do not support SPDY. To accelerate adoption of the protocol, SPDY proxy services have been deployed to offer some of the benefits of SPDY even when downloading content from web servers that have not yet implemented the SPDY protocol. However, by bundling multiple requests and encrypting all web traffic for a user inside a single connection, the SPDY proxy creates an opaque tunnel, hiding the true source of the content and breaking network management, content distribution, and many services offered by the network operators. This would be equally true for any proxy service that bundled all traffic from a given user inside an opaque tunnel, irrespective of the protocol used.
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Number of Pages:  14
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