Google pushes GPU optimization, 3D support in new Chrome beta

Posted 15 February 2012 13:00 CEST by Justin_Massoud

Maintaining its quick release schedule for Chrome, Google has pushed out an open beta for the browser’s next major update. GPU enhancements for quicker Canvas-based software performance and a 3D nod to folks still running on older operating systems are the two major improvements available now for willing test subjects.

Chrome’s implementation of the SwiftShader software rasterizer means users running Windows XP with old GPUs can now view 3D content, said Software Engineers John Bauman and Brian Salomon. Writing at the Chromium Blog, the two engineers admitted the software was no replacement for “a real GPU,” but would get the job done. It should easily load 3D pages for users with lackluster GPUs once downloaded, they explained.

To improve 2D canvas-based content, Google flicked the “on” switch for GPU-accelerated rendering, but warned that performance may vary.

“This is a tricky area to optimize, due to the wide variety of hardware and operating system configurations found in the wild,” said the pair. “We’ve made a series of small improvements to the way this acceleration works in the latest release, and we’re seeking feedback on it from our Beta users.”

Beta guinea pigs should submit a bug report if they encounter any performance issues, said Bauman and Saloman.

Google released the latest stable version of Chrome last week. The upgrade features more obvious security measures and a URL auto-complete tweak that delivers quicker-loading pages.

Interested users can download the new Chrome beta here. (via The Chromium Blog)

Let us know what you think of the beta in the comment section.

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Posted on: 16 Feb 12 10:57
Not for me I take my install over the internet anytime to use my own software when ever and where ever and if I don't have internet I still have my apps to run and do as I please. People seem to forget not every where you have internet or wifi or have access. I learn that if you want to do what you want you have to learn and take time to run your own programs and not wait for others to give you what they want. You want to do or have something you have to go and make the effort. Cloud is only as good if you are connected 24/7 but when there is no Cloud aka server Farm your up a creek. Plus FF10 and IE9 works just fine for me and *hint* most if not many places on the internet use IE programing so you will need to use IE no matter to access certain feature something lacking in FF and Chrome. So for those pushing Chrome they need to address the problem or else they will just fall by the way side. M$ still controls the O/S and chrome need to address this or die by the wayside...
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