Death To SquirrelFish, Long Live SquirrelFish Extreme (SFX)

Looks like SquirrelFish is already “dead”. There’s now SquirrelFish Extreme (SFX). You can see some benchmark comparisons here.

In the past few months, TraceMonkey, V8 and SquirrelFish.

I suspect the next place is going to be improving DOM performance. At some point JS performance (in feel) is going to be limited by the ability to display what’s been processed. Part of that will be DOM speed. There’s also gfx speed, which Mozilla has already done some good work in prepping for. Utilizing Cairo has been a good start. There’s discussion of OpenGL and taking advantage of the GPU. Once this “my JS is faster than yours” phase is over, that’s where I expect things to go.

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3 Responses to “Death To SquirrelFish, Long Live SquirrelFish Extreme (SFX)”

  1. funtom says:

    So next contenders are Skia and Cairo, right?

  2. Robert says:

    @funtom: Yea, that’s a big part of my scorecard. I also have WebKit and Gecko since I think the DOM speed will become a big part of next-gen performance after the JS race is done.

    Remember Firefox 3.1 work already includes a few new selectors, Selectors API, DOM worker threads, replaceWholeText and wholeText.

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