November 16, 2020

Mozilla Firefox boosts JavaScript performance

Firefox users can expect improved JavaScript performance in the Firefox 83 browser, with the Warp update to the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine enabled by default.

Also called WarpBuilder, Warp improves responsiveness and memory usage and speeds up page loads by making changes to JiT (just-in-time) compilers. Optimizing JiT is changed to rely solely on the CacheIR simple linear bytecode format, specifically, CacheIR data collected by the baseline tiers. The new architecture leveraged in the browser also is described as being more maintainable and unlocking additional SpiderMonkey improvements.

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