Chrome: Update Will Reduce Memory Usage

Chrome: Update Will Reduce Memory Usage
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Chrome browser fans, are you ready to celebrate? The Google Chrome browser as many know, is the most consuming of all browsers because of some peculiarities of its work, like: multi-process architecture, preloading function that is designed for rapid links opening and the large amount of available extensions. Finally, there is a browser update that will reduce memory usage in Chrome.
The best advise to make the work of the Chrome browser effective is to optimize hardware and software on your computer. But yes, it is quite a long and expensive procedure. Because of this reason, some users move to another browsers and some of true Chrome browser fans are using extensions like Great Suspender – lightweight chrome extension to help reduce Chrome’s memory footprint for users that like to have too many tabs open at the same time.

This week Google has presented on their main channel the new browser version – Chrome 55. Developers have worked seriously on RAM memory consumption optimization. The memory usage in the tabs enabled or disabled ad blocker is reduced up to 30%. For example, simply animated web-page RAM memory usage was reduced from 340MB to 250MB. Some news web-pages, like New York Times, are occupying now three times less memory space and are optimized up to 66%.

What is changed on Chrome 55?

Google developers have used a browser memory usage framework – Telemetry. They created the special script, which provides default algorithms for each web-page.

For news web-pages and social networks:

1. The opening of the main page.

2. Click on the first link.

3. Page load waiting.

4. A few screen scroll down.

5. Come back to the previous page.

6. Go with a link to the original Web-page and repeat the steps 3 and 6 for several times.

For media web-page scenario will be following:

1. Opening of the media element on the site, for example, a video on YouTube.

2. Viewing of the media content within a few seconds.

3. Go to the next web-page and repeat the steps 1 and 2 for several times.

The most popular web-sites were used for optimization to test this algorithm in V8 JavaScript engine. Except for the RAM memory consumption and engine optimization, the new Chrome 55 version provides Flash-content blocks by default. Security vulnerability are also fixed, as well as some new instruments being added.

How to notice the changes?

Developers have optimized the system junk collector working process and made files memory compaction more productive. So, these changes will be especially notable on the devices with a small amount of memory. For the ow-memory Android devices memory consumption in Chrome 55 version is decreased up to 35%. On the other devices, significant economy of peak zone memory consumption could be noticed. Google Chrome is still one of the most memory consuming browsers, but the changes in new version are really huge and the future looks promising.


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