Google recently unveiled its new experimental protocol called Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC). The search giant also added the new network protocol into the latest build of Chrome Canary so that testing could be conducted in the real-world. The protocol has already undergone internal testing, but the outside world is vastly different.
Google says that the new protocol is secure, with the security being similar to TLS. It is also designed to be faster than the currently used TCP protocol. Google provided these highlights:
- High security similar to TLS.
- Fast (often 0-RTT) connectivity similar to TLS Snapstart combined with TCP Fast Open.
- Packet pacing to reduce packet loss.
- Packet error correction to reduce retransmission latency.
- UDP transport to avoid TCP head-of-line blocking.
- A connection identifier to reduce reconnections for mobile clients.
- A pluggable congestion control mechanism.
This new protocol should eventually make it into the public release of Chrome, though servers will also have to implement the protocol for it to be effective. We're sure Google will be one of the first adopters of the protocol since they are the developers of the protocol.