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11. Browsers > Browser Speed

Browser Speed

The web browser is probably not going to be your bottleneck simply because the average performance of a point-to-point TCP connection on the Internet is only about 50K bytes per second, while most browsers are able to parse and display data faster than that. See http://www.keynote.com/measures/top10.html and http://www.orckit.com/ for Internet performance statistics. My own seat-of-the-pants benchmark is that Netscape 4 running on an old 166 MHz Pentium laptop under Linux 2.0 can parse a large HTML file from memory cache or from a 10 Mbps LAN connection at a rate of about 100 KB per second.

For a different test, I served an old 69 MB file to Internet Explorer 5.5 on a Windows NT 4.0 machine with 128 MB of RAM. It took about 23 minutes to load the page, which came out to about 47 KB per second. The browser froze when I tried to scroll down, so it wasn’t much use. Opera 3.62 had similar performance on the 69 MB file. The text-only Lynx browser took just one minute on Solaris to load the 69 MB file, and scrolled nicely.


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