New MIT-developed System Can Make Websites on any Browser Load Faster

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“Computer scientists at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a system that can reliably make websites load 34 per cent faster.”

Over the years websites have gotten more complex, leaving certain websites sluggish and even unresponsive becoming a problem for companies such as Amazon, who say that “for every one-second delay in loading time, their profits are cut by one per cent.”

However, a team of researchers working at the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, may have found the solution.

The system, named Polaris, cuts loading times by determining the best way to ‘overlap’ the downloading of different parts of a webpage. Polaris works by tracking the relationships and dependencies between objects like pictures, videos, and HTML files, on the page and turning the information into a ‘dependency graph’ that can be interpreted by your browser.

When tested, Polaris was found to have loaded some of the world’s most popular websites on an average of 34 per cent faster when compared to a normal browser.

“Polaris could be used on any website and with unmodified browsers, and when tech companies like Google and Amazon are working hard to improve load-times, a similar system might appear on your device soon.”

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