The SquirrelFish mascot, so that's what one looks like
Graphs from Charles Ying's blog show SquirrelFish beating a vanilla Tamarin implementation by 1.9 times.
In the official announcement of SquirrelFish is a graph which shows an improvement of 1.6 times over WebKit's previous interpreter.
The performance boost comes from eliminating the interpreter's syntax tree and switching to bytecode. Full details can be found in the announcement and make sure you take your knowledge of compiler design with you.
Apparently this is just the beginning, which can only be good news for Safari and the iPhone. What are the odds that we'll see graphs touting the Safari's latest performance boost at an upcoming Apple conference?
You can experience the SquirrelFish in the latest WebKit nightly builds, although Windows is less optimised than other operating systems at the moment.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.