A Web Caching Primer

Brian D. Davison

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Now a significant part of the Web's infrastructure, Web resource caching can reduce network latencies and bandwidth demands transparently.

Unofficial abstract

This article provides an overview of one technology used to make the Web scalable: Web resource caching. By transparently reducing network latencies and bandwidth demands, caching has become a significant part of the infrastructure of the Web, and has even helped spawn a new industry: content delivery networks. We discuss the basics of Web caching technology, including where Web caching is utilized as well as how and why it is beneficial to end users and content providers.

Published in IEEE Internet Computing, Volume 5, Number 4, July/August 2001, pages 38-45.

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