Interview with Peter Cranstone, CEO of Remote Communications Page 2




Integration Your Space — Integrated Portal in the Browser.

The goal has always been to move data more efficiently over the
Internet. Our core speed products are sophisticated programs all under
100K in size which accelerate content over the Web for any
device. HyperSpace also includes the ability to not only compress
text/HTML/XML in real time but has advanced Image optimization
controls which can scale, convert to black and white, and image
optimize graphics on the fly. In the connectivity arena, ElseWare
allows us the ability to “clip” data from any existing or dynamic
content and then deliver if reformatted and compressed for any target
screen size. EMAS gives us the ability to notify the user of timely
news events. These can be delivered directly in to our Your Space
portal in the browser. This is essentially a “brandable” section of
real estate in the top right hand corner of the browser. It supports,
audio, video, HTML/XML/JavaScript (all compressed of course). As they
say a picture is worth a thousand
words… http://www.remotecommunications.com/site/yourspace.htm

BTW, the commercial version of HyperSpace(R) includes a “smart snap in
engine design.” This allows new compression algorithms for different
MIME types.

WR: What can webmasters expect in terms of bandwidth savings, and
download speedup after installing mod_gzip on their apache servers?

PC: A lot of research has been done in this area. Here are the numbers
we feel comfortable quoting. With a “general” mix of text and graphics
the overall bandwidth savings/improvement is about 30% – 33% If your
site is text heavy, i.e. JavaScript or lots of XML then the savings
can climb to as high as 97% with our more advanced commercial
products. With regard to the performance improvement in the server
it’s quite dramatic. Our technology is very fast and has been
benchmarked at 1000 Transactions Per Second on a PII 300. Using
available benchmarking software for the Apache server we have seen a
164% performance improvement in the server.

WR: What percentage of browsers currently in use support HTTP 1.1
compression by default? I noticed that MSIE 4.5/5 Mac does not support
it (but Netscape 4+ does).

PC: Virtually all browsers released after 1998 support HTTP 1.1. A
quick test reveals the browsers ability. Click on this link:

http://12.17.228.52:7000/

It runs a line test. About halfway down the page, the browsers
“header” information is shown. If the accept – encoding line shows:
gzip then the browser is capable of receiving compressed content. If
your browser doesn’t support it, there is generally a version
available for free which does.

WR: Vigos AG recently released a proprietary mod_gzip module, how does
it compare with yours?

PC: We have not been able to download a version of their software
yet. As soon as we can we will run a comparison for your readers.

WR: How did Remote Communications come about?

PC: Two guys, one in Fl, one in AR decided to build something from
scratch. We first met on another more complex data compression product
(which is now HyperSpace(R)) First product was a universal bookmark
application. Second idea was “speed up the web” and thus HyperSpace(R)
was born.

We met another guy in Russia… Konstantin J. Balashov (aka, Cotty)
He’s a brilliant programmer with a core focus on compression. He said,
“You need worlds best compression algorithm for your smart
engine”… we said build it. He did and now he’s part of the team.

Three guys, a Brit, an American and a Russian (Kevin and I have only
met twice, we’ve never met Cotty face to face) built HyperSpace(R)
using nothing more than a 28K connection for communication.

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