We’re excited that other browser vendors have decided to follow our lead and hardware accelerate their browsers. We’re moving the web forward together in a way that greatly benefits customers and enables new web experiences. Browser vendors have taken different architectural approaches to hardware acceleration, both in what web platform technologies they hardware accelerate and how much they accelerate these through hardware (GPU, multi-processor cores, memory locations, etc.).
This post looks at the HTML5 Blizzard demo which we released to wish everyone a happy holiday season. The HTML5 Blizzard demo uses common web technologies together to see how many snowflakes a browser can animate in real-time (60fps). When the frame rate is above 60fps snowflakes are added, and when the frame rate falls below 60fps snowflakes are removed, until the browser reaches equilibrium at 60fps. The more snowflakes the browser can animate in real-time the higher the snowflake score.
A browser which only hardware accelerates some of the technologies used in HTML5 Blizzard will have a lower snowflake score than a browser which efficiently uses the PC’s resources to hardware accelerate the entire experience together.
An objective of Internet Explorer 9 is to provide the right foundation across the browser to ensure developers have a reliably fast platform. The HTML5 Blizzard demo is a great example of how web developers will use different technologies together in creative and natural ways. Just accelerating pieces of the web platform, such as compositing or canvas, will improve performance but doesn’t have the same impact as fully accelerating the entire web platform.
What’s your snowflake score?
—Jason Weber, Lead Program Manager, Internet Explorer Performance