Is there any use in setting the PNG and JPEG compression in GeoServer (Services - WMS - PNG Options/JPEG Options)?
The default is 25, but we heard rumours that having compression resulted in a time penalty for decompression on the way out, so we set it to 0. We deliver PNG8 and JPEG tiles, and these are relatively small but if we can make them smaller without significant quality or time loss then that would be great.
We just aren't sure whether sticking compression on would reduce the image sizes but result in a (significant) time penalty or not and would like to know for certain.
FYI We can't really just test it as currently we do not have a Dev GeoServer environment!