Ehsan Akhgari turned on frame pointers on nightly channel: bug 764216. This means that one can now use the built-in profiler on nightly builds. The main purpose behind the change was to collect more chromehang data(long Firefox UI stalls). Vlad Djeric lowered the chromehang reporting threshold to 5 seconds: bug 763124. We are waiting on metrics to separate out chromehang reporting from telemetry pings: bug 763116.
Nathan Froyd is making heroic progress on teaching our events to queue so they can be prioritized: bug 715376.
We had great success with eliciting data on slow startups in Nicholas Chaim’s blog post. We confirmed that external processes can affect Firefox startup (we had evidence for this) and that we can detect those situations (great work Nicholas!). It will be a hard slog before we can bolt a pretty UI to the extension + integrate system diagnostics into Firefox. In the meantime I recommend that SUMO people start suggesting this extension to diagnose slow Firefox installs. Nicholas is working on a revision of the extension that records slow-IO-caused-startup situations on a server so we prioritize + turn these into detectable fingerprints.
William McCloskey fixed a nasty GC regression which caused GCs to run too often: bug 768282. Andrew McCreight sped up cycle collection when closing tabs: bug 754495. Olli Pettay enabled freeing DOM nodes directly (bypassing cycle-collection) when setting .innerHtml of non-empty DOM elements see bug 730639.
“The Performance of Open Source Applications” book is looking for contributors. Would be cool if someone snuck some Mozilla wisdom in there.
At least one person objected to the strong language used in the presentation (ie “dom local storage sucks”). I chose this language to emphasize the fact this isn’t a feature where one gets to weigh upsides vs downsides because the downsides are so severe. Most of the positive data on this is coming from what I believe to be unrepresentative benchmarks. I have not seen any other data points similar in quality to those reported by our telemetry.