Mozilla Ups the Game with RAM-Optimized Multi-Process in Firefox v54

June 15, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Mozilla’s unwillingness to sacrifice memory concerns has constantly put its Firefox browser behind the pole position secured by Google Chrome. This came despite the memory hogs present in Google Chrome.

The apparent lack of interest of Mozilla to shift the gears towards multi-processing always hindered its advancement towards better handling of multi-tabs. But it now appears that the company has been heading in the right direction.

Thanks to the alternate route Mozilla has embraced,the company has now managed to come up with a better solution for multi-processing. Version 54 of Firefox, touted as the best version of Firefox by the company, comes finally unlocked with the powers of multi-processing, yet without giving it up on reducing memory consumption.

It’s a result of eight years of work by the team, who has developed the Electrolysis project so as to limit the core unlocking to four, which is far lesser than what’s being used by Google Chrome. However, Mozilla’s limitation of process still finds the desired result by handling individual tabs as distinct process so as to guide it to different cores of a processor.

The limitation to four cores is also explicable on the grounds that the cores are optimal for computers with RAM of 8 GB. In effect, a single tab that demands heavy processing powers won’t anymore be bothering the entire set of tabs that are open in a session. Testing shows that Firefox 54 can also open up tabs more quickly than Chrome in many instances, and that too with a shorter usage of the RAM pool.

Users can also set this aggression by setting the number of cores to be allotted for your browsing sessions. This is unlike Google Chrome which opens up each tab as a new process, raking up overall the memory consumption.

Version 54 of Firefox also opens up new WebExtension APIs that will let the inflow of add-ons from other browsers. Firefox is set to completely employ WebExtension APIs in the browser by November this year. The latest version is also doing the spadework for the faster arrival of new features by doing away with the Aurora release channel that was present in between the Nightly and Beta version of the browser. 

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