Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 26th Jun 2010 10:48 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft have released IE9 Platform Preview 3, an application that gives developers access to the IE9 rendering engine (it's not a full browser). In this update they have added hardware accelerated HTML5 Video, Canvas, Fonts (using WOFF) and big improvements in JavaScript with ES5, DOM Traversal, L2 and L3 events and 83/100 Acid3 score. It sits between Firefox and Chrome 6 on JavaScript speed, but outperforms every browser in real tests.
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RE: Real tests
by Kroc on Sat 26th Jun 2010 11:51 UTC in reply to "Real tests"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Microsoft are focusing on more than just raw JS execution speed as most of the browser’s time is spent outside JS doing DOM and layout. In this respect, IE9 is faster as everything is hardware accelerated right down to the text.

IE9 is neither released, nor finished but it shows an approach that is ahead of the other vendors. I doubt it will last though, hardware acceleration is planned to arrive with the other browsers who will still ship first.

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RE[2]: Real tests
by Neolander on Sat 26th Jun 2010 13:21 in reply to "RE: Real tests"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Why should one need hardware acceleration in order to display text and pictures, which the current Web essentially is from a display point of view ? I know that current code is unoptimized, but I didn't know that it was *that* bad...

Edited 2010-06-26 13:22 UTC

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RE[3]: Real tests
by Kroc on Sat 26th Jun 2010 13:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Real tests"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

It’s not about _need_, it’s about availability. If a GPU is there and it’s “only 14x faster” than the CPU, then why not use it, for everything; even text—which is a whole lot more taxing than most give it credit.

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RE[3]: Real tests
by rdean400 on Sat 26th Jun 2010 20:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Real tests"
rdean400 Member since:
2006-10-18

If you look at the HTML behind Web 2.0 applications, you'll find that they're not simple anymore, and the complexity can bog down a software-based renderer. Being able to offload the layout processing to the GPU helps a lot.

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RE[2]: Real tests
by Linuxhippy on Sat 26th Jun 2010 22:38 in reply to "RE: Real tests"
Linuxhippy Member since:
2010-06-26

FireFox has hw accel on Linux since Version 2.0

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