Hardware and performance

 
 
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Using SPDY with Moodle?
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I just read that Microsoft intends to include SPDY in IE11, which since it's already supported in Firefox and Chrome makes it likely to be the standard. I was wondering if using SPDY was already considered a best practice for speeding up Moodle but the only reference I find in the forum is to an obscure bug that someone encountered when they accidentally turned it on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPDY

http://www.chromium.org/spdy

If it works it should make Moodle faster with little extra work, especially for those geographically distant from the servers and on high-latency mobile networks, similar to the change you see when you turn on gzip though probably not as big a leap, some numbers I've seen are 1.3x faster on mobile and 1.5x faster on desktop.

I was wondering if anyone had tested this and had some ballpark numbers from Google Analytics or similar to show what kind of improvement this made for Moodle specifically.

I can't really think of any other single change that isn't already a best practice (e.g. gzip, image compression, caching) that would come close to having that kind of impact on Moodle's speed so this seems well worth investigating.



 
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