Http / 3 Googles will use http-over-quic instead of tcp

Nov

14

2018

The Internet Engineering Task Force has chosen Google’s http-over-quic network protocol for http / 3, the successor to the current http / 2. This means that the next http version will not be based on tcp.

IETF members have approved the proposal that http-over-quic will be renamed to http / 3 and that the development by the QUIC Working Group will be taken over by the HTTP Working Group. It is the second time that technology developed by Google has made it to http-standard. The http / 2 standard from 2015 continued on Google’s spdy protocol.

Quic stands for Quick UDP Internet Connections and works via udp . With regard to tcp, the protocol provides significantly fewer round trips that are necessary to establish a connection between client and server. For example, setting up secure ssl connections at tcp results in a considerable increase in the number of requests and answers. At http-over-quic ssl is implemented by default and the current version makes use of the new tls 1.3 .

By reducing the number of negotiations between client and server, http-over-quic improves network latency and enables web pages to load faster. Http-over-quic is the implementation of quic in the http protocol, such as Google, which in July 2016 proposed a standard in 2016 at the IETF.

Among others Chrome, Opera and Googles servers support quic. In addition, Facebook has started the adoption, writes ZDNet .

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