In Firefox 70 we changed how pixels get to the screen on macOS. This allows us to do less work per frame when only small parts of the screen change. As a result, Firefox 70 drastically reduces the power usage during browsing. Power usage, in Watts, as displayed by Intel Power Gadget. Lower numbers are … Continue reading Dramatically reduced power usage in Firefox 70 on macOS with Core Animation
After many months of hard work and preparation, I’m pleased to announce the general availability of WebRender for selected Windows 10 devices. WebRender is a major rewrite of the Firefox rendering architecture using the same kind of GPU-based acceleration techniques used by games. Until now, our browser rendering pipeline varied depending on the platform and … Continue reading Graphics Team ships WebRender MVP!
Hot on the heels of Off-Main-Thread Painting, our next big Firefox graphics performance project is Retained Display Lists! I you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend reading David’s post about Off-Main-Thread Painting as it provides a lot of background information on how our painting pipeline works. Display list building is the process in which … Continue reading Retained Display Lists
I’m excited to announce Off-Main-Thread painting, our new Firefox graphics performance effort! It's shipping soon in our next release, Firefox 58 - directly on the heels of Advanced Layers, our new compositor for Firefox 57. To understand OMTP, and why it’s a big deal for us, it helps to understand how Firefox renders a webpage down … Continue reading Off-Main-Thread Painting
WebRender, is a 2D renderer for the web. It started as Servo's graphics engine, and we are in the process of integrating it in Firefox. I have been meaning for a while to write about what WebRender is, how it works and how its architecture is different from what Firefox and other browsers currently do. … Continue reading Introduction to WebRender – Part 1 – Browsers today
We recently enabled off-main-thread compositing on Linux. As I write this post it is enabled on Firefox nightly and Firefox developer edition and if nothing bad comes up it will ride the trains and get enabled in beta and in the stable release of Firefox 40. Web browsers render web content in separate intermediate surfaces … Continue reading Off-main-thread compositing on Linux
As usual, there will be a lot of Mozillians attending FOSDEM this year, including 3 members of the graphics team. Bas Schouten will give a talk about Utilizing GPUs to accelerate 2D content on Saturday (16:30 in the Mozilla devroom). It's going to be a very interesting and also fairly technical talk. If you are … Continue reading FOSDEM 2014