Making these load times faster is as simple as building a map, according to new research by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and Harvard.
James Mickens, a Harvard professor who’s visiting at MIT, explains the system in terms of a travelling businessperson. If there are 20 cities on the agenda, it’s far more efficient to plan travel from one coast to another, rather than unnecessarily flying back and forth from New York to Los Angeles to Washington D.C. to San Francisco. The Polaris system works in much the same way, making a graph of which objects can be loaded in tandem.
Researchers tested their system on sites that see lots of traffic, like The New York Times and ESPN. Polaris is able to work well on nearly any site because it just organizes the provided content more efficiently.
The researchers are still looking at next steps, according to a representative from MIT, but are interested in feedback on the software and having others iterate on it. They’re planning to make the code public in the coming months.