WSDL-driven SOAP compression

Christian Werner, Carsten Buschmann, Stefan Fischer

25 Citations (Scopus)


A major drawback of using SOAP for application integration is its enormous demand for network bandwidth. Compared to classical approaches like Java-RMI and Corba, SOAP messages typically cause more than three times more network traffic. In this paper we will explore compression strategies and give a detailed survey and evaluation of state-of-the-art binary encoding techniques for SOAP. We also introduce a new experimental concept for SOAP compression based on differential encoding, which makes use of the commonly available WSDL description of a SOAP Web service. We do not only conduct a detailed evaluation of compression effectiveness but also provide the results of execution time measurements.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Web Services Research
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)18-35
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2005


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