New Google tool cuts JavaScript code down to size

Working to improve mobile memory consumption in its V8 JavaScript engine, Google has developed Ignition, a JavaScript interpreter to cut overhead and boost execution of scripts. Google sees the technology offering other opportunities to increase web performance as well.

Through Ignition, V8 compiles JavaScript functions to a concise bytecode that’s 25 to 50 percent the size of equivalent baseline machine code, Ross McIlroy, Google engineer for Android software, said. “This bytecode is then executed by a high-performance interpreter, which yields execution speeds on real-world websites close to those of code generated by V8’s existing baseline compiler.”

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Originally published on InfoWorld

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