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Is hardware acceleration the next browser battleground?

Is hardware acceleration the next browser battleground?
Steven
  • On June 8, 2010
  • http://www.winextra.com

At this point much of the talking abouts about browser speed at displaying pages has to do with how fast they can each individually display javascript. It is a battle of milliseconds which for the most part these days means a metric that most average browser users won’t notice.

However with the recent launch of Safari 5 and the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 it looks like the speed battle will be heading to a new ground – hardware acceleration. what this means to the general layperson using a browser is that things like javascript compiling is designed to make use of your multi-core systems and graphics display are handed off to your computer’s graphics processing unit (GPU). By doing these two things the Internet Explorer team believes that they can create a faster and better browser experience.

To this help show off this technology Microsoft has opened up a Test Drive site for Internet Explorer 9 in an effort to keep the browser front and center in people’s minds.

Part of this effort as well has been the posting of a video comparing the new Safari 5 with hardware acceleration and the still in development Internet Explorer. This is one of those videos and as Brandon LeBlanc points out in his post on the video – watch the Frames Per Second (FPS) counter.

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