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Firefox developers also working on GPU acceleration

Posted on Thursday, November 26 2009 @ 21:46:37 CET by

Last week Microsoft unveiled IE9 is getting GPU acceleration, and a couple of days ago Firefox developer Bas Schouten revealed on his blog that Firefox will start implementing this feature as well.
A while ago I started my investigation into Direct2D usage in firefox (see bug 527707). Since then we've made significant progress and are now able to present a Firefox browser completely rendered using Direct2D, making intensive usage of the GPU (this includes the UI, menu bars, etc.). I won't be showing any screenshots, since it is not supposed to look much different. But I will be sharing some technical details, first performance indications and a test build for those of you running Windows 7 or an updated version of Vista!
You can check out his blog post for all the details, here's a chart that compares rendering times on a system with a Core i7 920 and Radeon HD 4850 graphics card:



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