The company has measured speeds up to 37.5 times faster for specific “micro-benchmarks,” according to Brendan Eich, Mozilla’s chief technology officer. Determining browser speed depends a lot on what benchmarks are used, however, and he acknowledged that Mozilla has detected less of a speed boost by other standards.
“It’s early yet, and we expect further speed improvements in the near term,” he told the LinuxInsider.
Users eager to put TraceMonkey to the test can do so, Eich added. “TraceMonkey can be used in developer builds now, but you have to enable it using a hidden preference. It will be enabled by default for Firefox 3.1.”
Stronger and Faster Web
Having met the challenge with TraceMonkey, Mozilla also realized increased speed in its other applications.
The new feature could have an impact not just on Firefox, but on the Web at large as well.
That said, the technology is sure to make its way into Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Apple’s Safari and other browsers, he added.
“Once everyone sees the resulting speed improvements, users of other browsers will clamor for a similar experience, and the development teams will respond,” Valdes concluded.