Improving the performance of Firefox

06 Mar 2012 - 10:24:26 in Research
Victoria University student brainpower is helping the Firefox web browser go faster. Victoria's School of Engineering and Computer Science has partnered with Mozilla Firefox's Auckland office to carry out research projects, including some which will help improve the performance of the world's second-most popular browser. The collaboration was forged by Dr Alex Potanin, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering, and internationally regarded New Zealander RobertOCallahan who set up and runs Mozilla Firefox's New Zealand arm. The Auckland Mozilla office concentrates on hardware acceleration or improvements that allow browsers to quickly load big, graphic-rich websites. Recent graduate JanLarres, who came to Victoria from Germany to Complete his Master's degree, has conducted the latest project with his year-long research effort focused on accurate testing of the Firefox browser's speed. "Speed," says Dr Potanin, "is becoming one of the fundamental things that defines a browser. Google Chrome, for example, has a team dedicated to making its browser go as fast as possible."

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