$(document).ready(
    var xhr;

    var fn = function(){
        if(xhr && xhr.readystate != 4){
            xhr.abort();
        }
        xhr = $.ajax({
            url: 'ajax/progress.ftl',
            success: function(data) {
                //do something
            }
        });
    };

    var interval = setInterval(fn, 500);
);