Performance Testing Results of Adaptive Media Streaming over HTTP/2 – BBC R&D

The main design objective of the HTTP/2 protocol is to improve the performance of client-side web page load times. The focus of our research is on finding out whether HTTP/2 is a good fit for media streaming applications. We are particularly interested in measuring server-side performance to understand the benefits and costs of this new protocol in the media streaming context compared with HTTP/1.1.
In order to gather data we ran a public trial over Christmas 2014 and reported the initial findings in our previous blog post. The data set obtained through the public trial was very interesting but despite serving over 25,000 requests, our analysis showed that it was not large or consistent enough to satisfy our research objectives. (…)

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