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Re: requestAnimationFrame

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:28:24 +1300
Message-ID: <AANLkTikLxxg5j5VowyohY9s0dtABbMdCUcS_FeMg-nUX@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Gregg Tavares (wrk)" <gman@google.com>
Cc: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>, Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org>, "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM, Gregg Tavares (wrk) <gman@google.com>wrote:

> requestAnimationFrame though is generally designed to be used for updating
> a canvas (2d or 3d) which will likely be heavy both in terms of CPU usage
> (drawing lots of lines/curves/images into the canvas) and in terms of memory
> usage (accessing lots of images).

So, imagine you have a netbook and you've got 10-20 tabs open (less than I
> usually have open, YMMV). Imagine all the flash content (ads, video UIs) on
> those pages is done with canvas. Imagine there has been enough social
> pressure so that sites that used to use setInterval or setTimeout to update
> their canvas and therefore bog down the browser have switched to
> requestAnimationFrame.

You're really stretching my imagination here, but OK...

Now, given that the there's a promise to call the callbacks periodically,
> what would be your solution to fix the issue that the browser is running
> really slow since each time a callback comes in, 10s of megs of images have
> to get swapped in so they can be drawn into a canvas and then swapped back
> out when the next canvas gets it's animationFrame callback?

Actually I have one solution that I thought of the other day but forgot to
post here: exponential backoff. Fire the first round of
requestAnimationFrame callbacks in a hidden tab after 1 second. Fire the
next round after 2 seconds, the next round after 4 seconds, etc. That
guarantees that a) "animation end" activity is late by at most the duration
of the animation (or one second, whichever is greater) b) if a tab is hidden
for N seconds, we issue at most log2(N) requestAnimationFrame callbacks for
it and c) we keep the simple promise that if requestAnimationFrame is
called, we eventually fire the callback.

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