Making the Web Instant

Arvind Jain (Google), Sreeram Ramachandran (Google)
Mission City Ballroom
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Since last August, you have been able to get Google Search results instantly, even before you are done typing your query. But, that’s not enough. When you click on a result, you want that page to load instantly as well. If you don’t search, but navigate directly to a web page from the address bar, that should load instantly too.

We have implemented prerendering in Chrome to make these possible. This experimental feature utilizes the time when you are thinking or typing to predict what you need next, and gets it ready for you ahead of time. It is a challenging problem. A wrong prediction makes ads and analytics accounting inaccurate, wastes client resources and increases server load. We discuss how we address these concerns.

This session sponsored by Google

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Arvind Jain


Arvind Jain works as a Director of Enginering at Google. He is
responsible for making Google products fast and also runs its “Make
the Web faster” initiative. He also helped establish the W3C’s Web
Performance Working Group and co-chairs it. In the past, he helped
build the Youtube video serving system and Googlebot.

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Sreeram Ramachandran


Sreeram is a Software Engineer at Google. He works on the “Make the
web fast” initiative, focusing on awareness and tools to help decrease
latency. Prior to this, he worked on improving search quality and
ranking at Google. He graduated with a Masters in Computing from the
National University of Singapore.

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Aaron Peters
06/20/2011 2:24pm PDT

Instant Pages is very promising. Didn’t like the demo video though, where the time between having the mouse on a link and actually clicking the link was unrealistically long, and that allowing the other browser screen to prerender the page.

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Kitty Qi
06/20/2011 1:32am PDT

Sky is the limit. Love zero response time. Great talk and video demo.

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H. "Waldo" Grunenwald
06/19/2011 10:50pm PDT

Fantastic talk and demo.

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Steve Souders
06/01/2011 7:47am PDT

Arvind and Sreeram are the performance gurus I work with every day. This prefetching project is one of the more interesting areas they’ve worked on. The need to do prefetching efficiently and the insights into usability make this a great presentation.

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