This time we'll be reading something "not database", after the recent DB papers... :-) Let's read the SPDY whitepaper and protocol draft. If you don't yet know it, we highly encourage to have a read, as many sites are actually already using it, instead of plain HTTP, and even more will follow!
Here's a small abstract:
As part of the "Let's make the web faster" (http://code.google.com/speed/) initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments is SPDY (pronounced "SPeeDY"), an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency. In addition to a specification of the protocol, we have developed a SPDY-enabled Google Chrome browser and open-source web server. In lab tests, we have compared the performance of these applications over HTTP and SPDY, and have observed up to 64% reductions in page load times in SPDY. We hope to engage the open source community to contribute ideas, feedback, code, and test results, to make SPDY the next-generation application protocol for a faster web.
Let's read those, and then we'll discuss on how the protocol works in detail.
See you there!