Browsers like Firefox, Opera and even Internet Explorer have seen improvements as well in recent time, and gaps that have been wide open performance-wise are getting smaller with every browser release.
IonMonkey provides a brand new architecture that allows us to do just that
Mozilla engineer David Anderson has posted benchmarks which you can access when you follow the link above. According to his findings, Firefox 18 performed roughly 26% better on the Kraken benchmark than Firefox 17. On Google's V8 benchmark, it was 7% faster than Firefox 17, and 20% faster than Firefox 15. Tests appear to have been conducted on a single desktop machine, and results may vary because of it.
I ran Firefox 18, 17 and Google Chrome 23 Canary through the Octane and Kraken benchmarks with the following results.
Octane (higher is better):
Kraken (lower is better):
It comes as a surprise that Firefox 18 beats Chrome 23 in the Kraken benchmark. I reran the benchmark in Chrome just to make sure the results were correct, and Chrome finished in about the same time.
The Octane benchmark on the other hand was disappointing. A mere gain of 200 points in the benchmark looks more like a fluke than something that Firefox users will notice.
It remains to be seen how this will turn out in the following months when further improvements are made to the compiler.
It takes three release cycles before IonMonkey will be available to stable users of the browser. IonMonkey will also be enabled shortly for Firefox for mobile devices.
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