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May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

HTTP/2: Protocol overview, use cases, and benchmarks

Nick Shadrin (NGINX at F5)
1:50pm–2:30pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
The New Stuff
Location: Ballroom A Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.06, 34 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should be familiar with HTTP and web application optimization.


HTTP, the standard that defines how computers communicate over the Internet, has not changed since 1999. The modern Web, however, has become much more complex; HTTP/2 helps to address this brave new world. HTTP/2 is designed to help web pages load faster, but does it live up to the hype? Do you need to change your web applications to embrace the new standard? How can you get started with testing and deploying HTTP/2 today?

Nick Shadrin offers a detailed overview of the protocol, outlines some cases when it significantly helps your website performance, and explains why, in some cases, the older version of the protocol performs better.

Topics include:

  • What’s changed in HTTP/2
  • How these changes help improve performance
  • Performance benefits for your website
  • Risks that might arise as you adopt HTTP/2
  • Do we still need HTTP/1.x optimizations like domain sharding, image sprites, concatenating code files, and inlining files on our website?
  • How to configure HTTP/2 in a secure production environment
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Nick Shadrin


Nick Shadrin is a manager at NGINX, the company behind the most popular web server technology among high-performance web sites. Nick has helped many top websites to get to the next step in application delivery through the use of cutting-edge architecture approaches and solutions. He enjoys hands-on work with Linux systems, networking, HTTP, and IoT; he likes to see a challenging technical problem and solve it on a fundamental level. Previously, Nick worked at Citrix and ZScaler, helping users make the web experience faster and more secure.