Persistent HTTP Connections

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (http WG)
Last updated 1996-02-21
Stream IETF
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HTTP was designed to be an extremely lightweight stateless protocol based on TCP. However actual implementation experience suggests that the overhead inherent in establishing a separate TCP connection for every request represents a significant performance problem. This proposal suggests an optional facility for HTTP version 1.1 which allows a client to create persistent connections with a server. This facility is also designed to work with proxy servers.


Alex Hopmann (

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