Next Generation Load Balancing: ALB with gRPC and HTTP/2

Andreas Wittig – 09 Dec 2020

AWS announced an important update for the Application Load Balancer (ALB) in November 2020: Support for gRPC and HTTP/2.

HTTP/2 comes with request multiplexing over a single TCP connection, header compression (HPACK) which reduces network utilization, and a
binary protocol which reduces overhead in parsing data.

gRPC is a high-performance RPC framework with full-duplex streaming. It is designed to connect mircoservices efficiently and uses HTTP/2 under the covers.


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Next Generation Load Balancing

This video includes a demo of a gRPC service running behind an ALB.

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