Roundup on Parallel Connections

March 20, 2008 1:40 am | 36 Comments

A lot of blogging and follow-up discussion ensued with the announcement that IE8 supports six connections per host. The blogs I saw:

It’s likely that Firefox 3 will support 6 connections per server in an upcoming beta release, which means more discussion is expected. I wanted to pull all the facts into one place and make several points that I think are important and interesting. Specifically I talk about:

  • the HTTP/1.1 RFC
  • settings for current browsers
  • upperbound of open connections (cool!)
  • effect of proxies
  • will this break the Internet?