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Google launches Octane 2.0, the new version of its JavaScript performance testing suite

Octane

A little more than a year ago we informed you of the launch of Octane by Google, with the aim of measuring the performance of our web browsers through a series of tests in JavaScript. Today we are launching the next version of this suite of performance tests, with the same objective of measuring the performance of JavaScript engines that our web browsers possess through a series of tasks.

Octane version 2.0 now also takes into account latency in task execution as a new performance indicator. In this sense, the announcement itself indicates that modern JavaScript engines, such as the V8, latency is influenced by two main sources: compiling JavaScript for machine instructions so that it can run faster and removing instructions that are no longer used in memory.

Two new performance tests are also incorporated, one of them based on the Microsoft Typescript compiler as a complex and hard JavaScript application, as well as the zlib benchmark, an asm.js test from the Mozilla Emscripten. The mission of these new tests is to measure the ability of a JavaScript engine to cope with heavy and complex workloads, something increasingly common on today’s web.

In addition, improvements have been made to three existing benchmarks in order to ensure that they measure what is really intended, which are: Regexp, GameBoy emulator, and CodeLoad.

Users can run Octane 2.0 through our own web browser if we want, in addition to having all the necessary documentation to know more about the new performance tests. We can also choose to go back to the previous version of Octane.

Link: Octane 2.0