Gmail is now even more Faster.

Posted by Shailendra Doke | May 14, 2008

Gmail Logo Great performance has always been attraction of the Gmail and the Gmail team is working everyday to make it faster. Recently the Gmail team decided to take a closer look at some other key parts of Gmail to see if they could speed things up, so you could get even better experience.

The team found that the initial loading sequence of Gmail can be improved. The loading sequence is everything that happens behind the scenes between the time you press the "Sign In" button on the login page and the moment you land in your inbox. They made some improvements to this area by reducing the HTTP request required to load an inbox and display it.

The team claims that they have reduced the overall load time up to 20%. Here's what they say about improvements.

We spent hours poring over these traces to see exactly what was happening between the browser and Gmail during the sign-in sequence, and we found that there were between fourteen and twenty-four HTTP requests required to load an inbox and display it. To put these numbers in perspective, a popular network news site's home page required about a 180 requests to fully load when I checked it yesterday. But when we examined our requests, we realized that we could do better. We decided to attack the problem from several directions at once: reduce the number of overall requests, make more of the requests cacheable by the browser, and reduce the overhead of each request.

I found little improvements loading the Gmail page. Have you felt some changes or improvements?

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