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Re: Proposal for fixing race conditions

From: Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:48:55 +0200
Message-ID: <51D56127.7080007@opera.com>
To: robert@ocallahan.org
CC: Chris Rogers <crogers@google.com>, Joseph Berkovitz <joe@noteflight.com>, "public-audio@w3.org" <public-audio@w3.org>, Dave Herman <dherman@ccs.neu.edu>, "Mark S. Miller" <erights@google.com>
2013-07-04 12:08, Robert O'Callahan skrev:
> On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM, Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com 
> <mailto:mage@opera.com>> wrote:
>     The only real concern I have seen so far for *not* fixing the API
>     is performance.
> To be clear, it's only the performance of existing content. I think 
> it's pretty clear we can add new APIs that give equivalent performance 
> to the racy approach, without the races.

If that's the case, I'd have to state again that I think that the 
performance of existing content must be of very low priority. We could 
easily add a "best practices for optimal performance" section to a 
porting guide, or as a separate Wiki page somewhere on MDN for instance.

Again, I don't find anything strange about making old interfaces 
suboptimal compared to new interfaces (especially given that the old API 
was experimental). People that care about performance tend to not be too 
sensitive to API changes.

Kind of reminds me of when graphics hardware switched from dedicated 
hardware for the fixed function OpenGL/DX pipeline to an emulated 
pipeline via programmable shaders - anyone interested in performance 
dropped the FF code paths and switched to shaders (even if it in this 
particular case meant a lot of work).


> Even for existing content, with a little more complexity (already 
> implemented in Gecko), I'm pretty sure we can have similar performance 
> to Blink/Webkit. If Chris produces examples whose performance he cares 
> about, I can test that theory.
> Rob
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Marcus Geelnard
Technical Lead, Mobile Infrastructure
Opera Software
Received on Thursday, 4 July 2013 11:50:04 UTC

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