Adaptive Acceleration

Adaptive Acceleration improves HTML page load performance by prepositioning content. When it receives an HTML page request, this behavior augments the response using unintrusive techniques to provide content to the browser as needed. This reduces the load and render time for web pages based on information from navigation and resource timing data.

How it works

Adaptive Acceleration uses the following to increase the speed of page loading:

  • Automatic Server Push. Allows the server to send multiple responses, in parallel, for a single client request. An average web page requires multiple items, such as JavaScript, CSS, and images. References to these items are in the HTML pages the server produces. With Automatic Server Push the server can send the most important items immediately.

  • Automatic Preconnect. Allows browsers to anticipate what connections the site needs and establishes those connections ahead of time, but it does not load or request anything. Requires a beacon data source.

  • Automatic Font Preload. Allows browsers to preload the fonts it will need before it fetches and processes other resources.

  • Resource Optimizer. Compresses and caches resources, such as JavaScript, CSS, and font files. You can then serve the resources you want when you want them.

  • Resource Optimizer Extended. This is an enhancement to the Resource Optimizer compression. It's available in special circumstances to offer additional support.

  • Brotli Compression (Beta). Automates compression and delivery of resources within the Akamai CDN. It takes resources or gzip resources from your origin, applies Brotli compression, and then caches and delivers the compressed resources to requesting browsers.

Set up Adaptive Acceleration

Adaptive Acceleration is supported for use with ​Akamai​'s Ion product. It requires that you include a few other behaviors in your Ion property, too. We offer a workflow that describes the full process to add it in the Ion user docs.