[webkit-dev] interested in js speed-up
mjs at apple.com
Thu Mar 13 17:32:05 PDT 2008
On Mar 12, 2008, at 4:57 PM, ToolmakerSteve wrote:
> Akos Kiss-2 wrote:
>> we got interested in speeding up the
> Does it
> make sense to do anything other than to use, and to help improve,
> the open
> source Mozilla/Tamarin codebase? That will give you the next
> generation of
> functionality AND dramatic performance gains, if you use its tracing
> code branch. Improve that code branch, and everyone in the world wins!
Mozilla and Tamarin are interesting projects that we respect. However,
we believe that competition is good for the web, and having two strong
open source web engines is great for the web. For example, the
competition over JS performance since the release of the SunSpider
benchmark has result in huge improvements in both WebKit and Gecko.
Similarly, some have argued that Mozilla should drop Gecko development
and use WebKit as the layout engine, but the Firefox betas show a lot
of improvements in memory use and standards support. We do exchange
ideas with the Mozilla community and sometimes pieces of code, but in
general we're not looking to replace core parts of WebKit with core
parts of Mozilla.
Also, while the Tamarin project is an interesting piece of technology,
let's be careful not to oversell it. Tamarin only provides half of a
code from the web, and at least the classic version is not
particularly fast on normal JS, only on typed code (which no one uses
It's true that the tracing JIT branch promises to do reasonably well
on normal untyped JS as well, but now we're talking about a rewrite,
not a proven technology.
We'd like to see what we can do with our own technology for now.
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