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Revamped WebKit JavaScript Engine Doubles In Speed

Posted in internet news, technology by Fated Blue on September 20, 2008



“In a post on their official blog, WebKit developers introduced the ‘next generation’ of their JavaScript engine, SquirrelFish Extreme, claimed to be twice as fast as its predecessor. The post lists several changes contributing to the performance improvements, including ‘bytecode optimization,’ a ‘polymorphic inline cache’ (which sounds similar to V8’s ‘hidden class transitions’), and a ‘context threaded JIT’ compiler which generates native code (currently only for x86 processors), and is also applied to regular expressions. The new JavaScript engine is already available in the latest WebKit nightly builds. According to comparative benchmarks, the new engine is around 35% faster than the V8 engine recently introduced in Google Chrome, and55% faster than Mozilla’s TraceMonkey.”

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