Bits on the Wire

Mark Nottingham (Akamai)
Web Performance, Ballroom CD
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It’s easy to forget that under all of the abstractions, libraries and models, The Web involves getting bits across large distances, and much of the performance and operations issues we encounter live down there.

This workshop will cover topics such as:

  • TCP optimisations and failure modes
  • HTTP traps and tricks
  • How DNS works
  • TLS and SSL
  • Firewalls, proxies, routers and other middleboxes
  • What’s different about mobile
  • Measurements and tools
  • Common strategies for scaling, redundancy and 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 then 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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