Notes from today’s meeting are here.
No major snappy fixes landed this week. However, if you look in the notes, there are quite a few projects going through the review cycle.
Personally, I’m most excited by progress in getting rid of the setTimeout on tab click(bug 743877). Neil posted a diagnosis of why we need setTimeout while switching tabs. Tim followed up with a patch to avoid the setTimeout for non-focus bits.
On the subject of SetTimeouts: we devised a plan for managing SetTimeout overhead in background tabs. This will involve breaking up our global event queue into a global queue + smaller per-page queues, bug 715376. This will not be a pleasant task, but Nathan aims to have a proof of concept ready next week. With this infrastructure we should be able start prioritizing which events we handle and punish misbehaving tabs.
The graphics team is wrapping up the big Android push, freeing up cycles for elsewhere. Bas is back to looking at slowdowns due to hw acceleration (bug 721273). Bas is also looking into changing our chrome CSS to be less expensive to paint.
Ehsan is working with Paul to change firefox themes to not be horrible performance hogs.
Update: A very significant snappy fix landed this week as part of memshrink. It should significantly reduce memory usage and thus cycle-collector pauses, etc.
Update #2: I missed another very cool Snappy fix: bug 729133. This is based on revising old assumptions about cache being faster than disk. We learned from telemetry data that a significant portion of disk cache requests are processed slower than they would if we just went straight to network. Firefox now hedges bets and warms up a TCP connection while checking cache. For details see Patricks’s blog.