September 23, 2015

Google's New Squeeze: Brotli Compression Open-Sourced

Google wants to bring to life the HBO series Silicon Valley: it's pitching a new open source compression algorithm into the world, with the hope that it can eventually end-of-life the venerable Deflate. 

Brotli (“small bread” in Swiss German, apparently) follows on from Zopfli (“little braid,” also bread-themed), but with between 20 and 26 percent better compression ratios. That, software engineer Zoltán Szabadka of Google's Compression Team writes, is because while Zopfli maintained Deflate compatibility, Brotli uses new data structures.

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