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  • From: Aaron Brown <>
  • To: Will Hawkins <>
  • Cc: "" <>
  • Subject: Re: [ndt-dev] ndt websocket protocol?
  • Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:31:35 +0000
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Hey Will,

Neat. Sounds reasonable to me :) I’m quite curious what kinds of performance
these of browser-based programming environments can achieve.


On Apr 11, 2014, at 4:32 PM, Will Hawkins

> Hey Aaron!
> Full disclosure: I haven't read your entire note yet. However, I wanted
> to respond quickly and let you know that at OTI we are in the process of
> developing a browser plugin to run NDT clients. We are leaning to
> targeting Firefox first and their SDK promotes the use of Javascript for
> developing extensions. The possibility is there for us to reuse that
> code extensively and swap out websockets for the extension-only i/o
> functions.
> We are in the process of doing some performance testing to determine
> whether the throughout of the SDK network i/o is fast enough to support
> NDT. Once we are done with that, we will send out the results. Then, we
> can compare it with the throughput of websockets.
> Does that sound reasonable?
> :-)
> Will
> On 04/11/2014 03:49 PM, Aaron Brown wrote:
>> Hey Folks,
>> Someone asked about a javascript NDT implementation, and I was wondering
>> what folks thought about the feasibility of this. Based on my rather
>> cursory understanding of websockets, it looks like essentially a simple
>> socket that requires an initial handshake and that data to be formatted in
>> a specific manner. If we have the NDT server look for that initial
>> handshake in the initial connection (and in test connections), respond to
>> the handshake, and then pack/unpack the normal protocol back-and-forth
>> into websocket frames, theoretically, the entire thing could be handle
>> with essentially no major protocol changes. It wouldn’t be pretty by any
>> stretch, but it theoretically could(?) work.
>> Can anyone with more websockets knowledge throw a wet blanket on this
>> idea, or do other folks otherwise think it’s a dumb idea?
>> Cheers,
>> Aaron

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