As part of the “Let’s make the web faster” initiative, Google is experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages.
Among various experiments, SPDY (pronounced “SPeeDY”) is an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency.
Since HTTP was not particularly designed for latency, there is plenty of space for improvements, in fact SPDY aims to reduce page load time to 50%, minimise deployment complexity and a lot more things. You can find more information on the official page.
SPDY has been on for a while but Google as now taken a further step enabling SPDY on Chrome and its websites.
As you can read on the project page, it seems that SPDY has already achieved to cut 50% of page load time and the development team is looking forward to engage the open source community to gather more ideas, suggestions, feedback and so on.
Results have been published with a few frequently asked questions to understand a bit more the idea behind this project and why some of the current solutions for latency have limits.
I guess the results of this research will change the way the web works and I look forward to see where the whole thing will take us.