Chromium Fires Back

Not to let an opportunity go by, the guys at Google have put up an entry in the blog that certainly got some attention. The note says that the WebGL APIs are going to allow a speed increase of 60x.

That was not a mistake, and the decimal goes to the right of the zero.

From an article on InfoWorld we get the rest of the story -

No, that’s not a typo in the headline: In a post at the Chromium blog, software engineers James Robinson and Gregg Tavares say that early versions of Chrome 7 are boasting speeds 60 times faster than Chrome 6. The key, they say, is hardware acceleration — the same technology that’s giving Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 beta such a boost.

The new feature, say Robinson and Tavares, "picks the best graphics API to use on each OS that Chromium supports: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS and Linux."

Take that Microsoft. The XP users will have a really fast browser to view the snippets that IE9 is using to show off.

By offloading graphics-processing tasks from the CPU to the GPU, freeing the CPU from having to render not just regular (and increasingly complex) 2D graphics, but 3D graphics as well, Google is applying a turbo booster to a browser that is already known as a speed demon. In the hypercompetitive browser market, Google is playing catch-up when it comes to hardware acceleration, but if these 60-fold speed improvements are for real, Chrome could leave the competition in the dust.

Of course, users won’t find out how real the 60x speed boost is until they get to put it to the test themselves, which will hopefully be possible soon. "With Google Chrome’s fast release cycles, we expect to be able to get these enhancements to users quickly and add new performance improvements over time," say Robinson and Tavares.

The speedy release of Chromium is a worry for those of us holding the banner high for Opera, but I’m certain that the guys there have at least started on a similar task, as they all knew what Microsoft was up to – it was nothing that could be disguised.

The thing about this is, every other browser has people who can turn out code (seemingly) much more quickly and efficiently than Microsoft, so what will the boys in Redmond do when Opera and Chrome are kicking dirt on IE9 as it is released next year?

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