Mozilla Multiprocess Architecture

The time when internet users could count on only one reliable browser to navigate has long gone. Today people can choose from a quite extensive array of internet browsers, in compliance with their necessities and, of course, personal preferences. In the fierce competition between Internet Explorer and Mozilla others have managed to infiltrate and start making claims, as they brought to the market new, innovating features to dazzle the eye. So, besides the two already mentioned popular browsers, for quite some time Google Chrome, Opera and Safari have succeeded to gain ground and draw closer to internet users. Of course, all browsers ensure stability and performance, but there are certain particularities that set them apart. And this is the department where Mozilla is trying hardly to improve oneself.

In contrast to the other important browsers available on the market, Mozilla Firefox is deficient in one crucial aspect: currently it can’t run multiple processes at the same time, a lack which is determining many users to opt for the rival alternatives. In order to be at the same level, Mozilla developers are trying to put an end to this troubling inconvenience and hope that a second attempt, following the Electrolysis project, will bring them the success they strive for. To endorse this point of view, Firefox engineer Bill McCloskey said that adopting a multiprocess architecture would generate numerous advantages in three essential departments: performance, stability and, of course, security. In terms of performance, a multiprocess architecture would be extremely beneficial as it would allow Mozilla developers to debug the emerging problems in a faster and more reliable fashion and also it would determine a quicker run of the JavaScript.

According to McCloskey, to make Firefox run multiple processes simultaneously presents great advantages for the users in terms of security, because in this way the content processes can be sandboxed. Furthermore, switching over to a multiprocess architecture would generate higher stability due to the fact that a crash of a certain process would cause damages to that specific process and would not affect the performance of the entire browser. But there are also drawbacks when it comes to the implementation of this project which preclude Mozilla developers from presenting a possible release date. First of all, an issue that needs proper solutions is the maintaining of the browser’s memory footprint small and at the same time there are justified concerns about the add-on and plug-in compatibility. „The total memory usage for multiprocess Firefox is only 10 MB greater than single-process Firefox. We should be able to shrink this difference with some effort. It’s a large project and any predictions at this point would be foolhardy“, said engineer Bill McCloskey. Just as it would take quite a while to browse through Los Angeles web design companies, because there are so many, so will it take a while for developing teams to browse through all the problems of this new internet browser and optimize it for customer use. After that, it should be much easier for us to search for anything on the internet, be it a web design company, or just random facts.

It remains to be seen whether Mozilla will be able to match the standards of the competition in terms of multiprocess architecture. This is an important step that needs to be taken in order to keep the pace with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, browsers that have been running multiple processes for quite some time now. Making this change, regardless of the period of time required to implement it, can bring Mozilla even more suporters and enhance the number of users that resort to its services.