Soon Chrome will stop using all the RAM on PCs and smartphones

Chrome will stop using RAM
Written by Emma Davis

With the new PartitionAlloc-everywhere feature, Chrome will stop using all RAM, loading itself and pages faster.

Based on a number of commits, Google is working on implementing PartitionAlloc-everywhere support to improve the performance of its Chrome browser on Windows 10, Android and Linux devices.

PartitionAlloc is memory allocator for encapsulating insignificant (from an application point of view) details of allocating and freeing memory resources. PartitionAlloc-everywhere for Chrome will allow the browser to load faster and load internal pages faster, as well as provide better resource management, in particular, reduce RAM consumption.

Google started working on the feature last year and made it available in beta versions of Chrome for Android and Windows. The company also plans to implement PartitionAlloc in Chrome for Linux, but the feature is currently intermittent and it is unclear when it will appear in the stable release.

Switch to PartitionAlloc for Linux. It is already included by default on Windows and Android and has appeared in beta versions on two platforms. However, problems can persist on Linux.said a Google engineer on the Chromium bug tracker.

In one experiment, Google engineers noticed that merging regular and aligned partitions can reduce memory usage and improve performance.

When one section does not provide the desired alignment, two separate sections are required. Without this, it would be beneficial to have one section in terms of performance and memory. Performance is improved because the aligned allocations (it abundance present in Chromium) can use the thread cache. The amount of memory is reduced by reducing fragmentation and not having a fixed consumption of metadata for a partition.explained Google.

Besides Windows 10 and Linux, Google is also testing PartitionAlloc-everywhere for Android. According to Google experiments, the new feature is a real win in terms of memory, performance and stability, with the exception of the GPU average, which decreases slightly.

Let me remind you that Google Chrome developers fix conflict with antiviruses in Windows 10.

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I'm writer and content manager (a short time ago completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the Gustavus Adolphus College). For now, I have a deep drive to study cyber security.

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