Google Ignition Cuts JavaScript Code by 25-50%

Monday Aug 29th 2016 by Developer.com Staff
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The new JavaScript interpreter can reduce memory use and increase speed for the Chrome browser.

Google has unveiled a new JavaScript interpreter called Ignition, and according to the company it can reduce the size of code compiled with its V8 JavaScript engine by 25 to 50 percent. "This bytecode is then executed by a high-performance interpreter, which yields execution speeds on real-world websites close to those of code generated by V8's existing baseline compiler," explained Ross McIlroy, Google engineer for Android software.

McIlroy recommends that users with Android devices that have 512 MB of memory or less enable Ignition in their Chrome browser. "Results from early experiments in the field show that Ignition reduces the memory of each Chrome tab by around 5 percent," he said.

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