We’re seeing an increased amount of activity in the graphics department when it comes to Chrome. I’m aware of this because there are now two new “about:flags” experiments with the newest builds of Chromium: override software rendering list, and GPU compositing on all Pages.
Instead of using software rendering, the first new flag using GPU-provided capabilities in order to increase overall performance. Using this flag is a welcome replacement from using the command line “–ignore-gpu-blacklist” that allows usage with whatever hardware and drivers your machine has loaded. However, the one drawback may be chronic crashes as a result.
For the GPU compositing on all pages, this is a feature that Google has long been working on and has decided to enable in experiments as it will benefit the video tag in HTML5 as well as make page loading more efficient when dealing with large blocks of data. Want to learn more about GPU compositing? Check out this Chromium document that will give you all of the information you need.
Are we going to be seeing some great new graphical apps and games coming to Chrome soon as a result of some of this work?
via Chrome Story