Mozilla is promising more speed improvements in the forthcoming Firefox 58, building on the new engine introduced in Firefox 57, known as Quantum, which is better at exploiting multicore CPUs.
Firefox 58 will be faster at compiling WebAssembly code coming in from the network thanks to ‘streaming compilation’ — which allows code to be compiled and downloaded in parallel — and a faster two-tiered compiler.
In the past, web performance was constrained by the network, Clark said, but the new bottleneck is the CPU and the main thread. Firefox 58 takes the burden off the main thread and makes better use of a CPU’s time.
The new compiler in Firefox 58 with streaming compilation…