Significant milestone on HAProxy's H3/QUIC

Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu> Thu, 23 September 2021 15:30 UTC

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From: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
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Hi all,

I'm really glad to say that my coworkers Fred and Amaury are seeing
their long tireless work on H3+QUIC start to pay off. Today I was
pleased to see an H3 request from curl pass through HAProxy, being
forwarded to Apache in H2, and the H2 response being routed and
translated back to H3 so that curl could print it.

They would have preferred that I remain discrete about it given the
extremely fragile state of the current code, but I'm really glad as
the project's maintainer and I'm also glad from an interoperability
perspective, because the more implementations we see, the faster we'll
spot and fix bugs, so I was not going to keep that for me :-)

Of course our implementation still has many limitations and bugs, but I
know by experience that once requests and responses start to flow back
and forth, the development tremendously speeds up. I clearly don't
expect anything great for the 2.5 release due in 1.5 month but if it can
at least help us progress faster and help others test their code against
yet another server implementation, that will be great already (for now
the client code is disabled, there's enough work to do with the server
one :-)).

I've posted a screenshot of curl's and haproxy's debug outputs
side-by-side here for those interested:

   https://twitter.com/WillyTarreau/status/1441051288997924870

Obviously there's still a long way to go before it can be considered
production ready, but we're seeing some faint light at the end of this
long tunnel, it's pleasant :-)

Willy