HTTP/2.0: What's Happening, and What's Next?

Moderated by:
Mark Nottingham (Akamai)
Mike Belshe (Twist), Andy Davies (NCC Group), Roberto Peon (Google), Jeff Pinner (Twitter), Martin Thomson (Microsoft)
Web Performance, Mission City Ballroom B1
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(3.25, 16 ratings)

Hear the people defining, using and depending on HTTP/2.0 discuss how it will change the Web (or not), what risks and roadblocks it faces, and whether it’s all worth it.

We’ll cover topics like:

  • Experiences so far in deployment
  • Whether the end product will be better, worse or just different than SPDY
  • How long it will take before it’s well-deployed
  • Specific optimisations and pitfalls
  • Experience of the standards process
  • TCP-level optimisations that will be possible and necessary when using HTTP/2
  • Who wins and who loses when using HTTP/2
  • Discussion of the trade-offs made (e.g., readability vs. performance)
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Mark Nottingham


Mark Nottingham has helped develop Web technologies like Atom and HTTP for more than ten years.

Starting as a system administrator and Webmaster in 1995 (back when that title still got comments at parties), he’s become a recognised expert on the HTTP protocol, as well as Web caching and HTTP “APIs”.

This led him to become Chair of the IETF HTTPbis Working Group, an effort to clean up HTTP/1.1 and possibly develop HTTP/2.0.

Along the way, he’s been involved in several other standards efforts, holding positions in the IETF and W3C and writing specifications like Atom and Web Linking, as well as a fair amount of code.

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Mike Belshe


Mike is a long term startup engineer, founding Twist in 2011 – building solutions to make time a fundamental building block of the mobile web. Prior to Twist, Mike worked at Google where he cofounded the SPDY protocol project and was an early member of the Google Chrome team. Mike is continuing to work with SPDY and the IETF standardization effort to build a faster HTTP/2.0 for the world.

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Andy Davies

NCC Group

Andy Davies is associate director for web performance at NCC Group, where he works with clients to measure and improve the performance of their websites. Andy recently wrote A Pocket Guide to Responsive Web Performance for Five Simple Steps.

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Roberto Peon


Roberto has always had a passion for making things faster, better, and more reliable. This passion led him to co-create SPDY at Google, where he has worked since 2004. Before Google, Roberto worked at SportVision, where, while working on creating new realtime augmented reality systems for sports television, he helped the company to win a number of Emmy awards .

Jeff Pinner


Martin Thomson


Martin Thomson edits the HTTP/2.0 specification. He spends a larger part of his time on WebRTC. He works for that Skype part of Microsoft.


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