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Google Chrome Uses Graphics Card to Accelerate SVG, CSS

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Google has just added a new flag in its Chromium 18 builds that extends the browser's hardware acceleration feature.

Vector-based SVG graphics as well as CSS filters are now accelerated via the GPU and can be activated via chrome://flags in a recent nightly build. The feature is mainly for developers as there are very few websites that could take advantage of accelerated CSS filters.

Chromium supports SVG and CSS acceleration on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. Additional experimental GPU acceleration features include GPU accelerated painting as well as GPU compositing on all pages. We were not able to determine any performance gains as those new features appear to be unstable and produced crashes in HTML5 benchmarks such as WebViz.

IE9 was the first browser that introduced SVG acceleration with the first platform preview of IE9 in March of last year.

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    sixdegree , December 29, 2011 10:49 AM
    Great, now i can run Tomshardware on Ultra @ 1080p / 60fps.
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    kaisellgren , December 29, 2011 11:41 AM
    amk-aka-phantomMeanwhile, I still don't care, since the web isn't consumptive enough to even bother my CPU a little...

    I do. Let this page load fully, then try scrolling around in Chrome: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/

    You will notice it lags (at least on my 4 GHz quad core), but in Firefox and IE it's fine, thanks to their GPU acceleration.
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    kancaras , December 29, 2011 9:35 AM
    gpu accelerated software doesnt always work. if you already have cpu that doest everything in few ms, extra ms to load cross-platform drivers ruins whole thing.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 29, 2011 9:53 AM
    Meanwhile, I still don't care, since the web isn't consumptive enough to even bother my CPU a little... :D 
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    marraco , December 29, 2011 10:08 AM
    Check it here:
    http://webglsamples.googlecode.com/hg/aquarium/aquarium.html
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    sixdegree , December 29, 2011 10:49 AM
    Great, now i can run Tomshardware on Ultra @ 1080p / 60fps.
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    nebun , December 29, 2011 11:16 AM
    lol....for once google is a follower...go Microsoft
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    kaisellgren , December 29, 2011 11:41 AM
    amk-aka-phantomMeanwhile, I still don't care, since the web isn't consumptive enough to even bother my CPU a little...

    I do. Let this page load fully, then try scrolling around in Chrome: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/

    You will notice it lags (at least on my 4 GHz quad core), but in Firefox and IE it's fine, thanks to their GPU acceleration.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 29, 2011 12:23 PM
    I have GPU acceleration disabled in FF and it does not lag. Sure lags on my netbook, though :D : Whoever said that netbooks don't need more CPU power is an idiot...
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    jojesa , December 29, 2011 12:32 PM
    kaisellgrenI do. Let this page load fully, then try scrolling around in Chrome: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/You will notice it lags (at least on my 4 GHz quad core), but in Firefox and IE it's fine, thanks to their GPU acceleration.

    Who knew you will need some GPU juice just to browse a webpage...you were right page lags on Chrome but it does not in IE or FF.
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    sissysue , December 29, 2011 1:35 PM
    amk-aka-phantomMeanwhile, I still don't care, since the web isn't consumptive enough to even bother my CPU a little...

    Google (in bed with Obama and the fascist left) along with other hidden powers (FEDS) plan on all of us using low power dumb terminal laptops/desktops and store all our files in the cloud so they have access to it. So this technology is being built for the future Amerika police state.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 29, 2011 1:45 PM
    Will Tomshardware use the gpu accelerated CSS and SVG on its pages?
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    tomaz99 , December 29, 2011 1:47 PM
    nebunlol....for once google is a follower...go Microsoft


    yeah man...run, Forrest, run!
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    freggo , December 29, 2011 3:01 PM
    I think it is an interesting concept; also it means now we also have to check on what GPU is available next to 'what browser' and version is being used.
    Web programming could be more of a headache as a result.
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    madooo12 , December 29, 2011 3:09 PM
    it's great for AMD and AMD brazos/llano owners that more programs will start using GPU acceleration
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    madooo12 , December 29, 2011 3:35 PM
    kaisellgrenI do. Let this page load fully, then try scrolling around in Chrome: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/You will notice it lags (at least on my 4 GHz quad core), but in Firefox and IE it's fine, thanks to their GPU acceleration.

    yes i guess it lags on the tablet too :) 
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    redwine425 , December 29, 2011 6:26 PM
    kaisellgrenI do. Let this page load fully, then try scrolling around in Chrome: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/You will notice it lags (at least on my 4 GHz quad core), but in Firefox and IE it's fine, thanks to their GPU acceleration.


    Nope no lag on my 4.6 2500K
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    txsouthpaw , December 29, 2011 7:12 PM
    sissysueGoogle (in bed with Obama and the fascist left) along with other hidden powers (FEDS) plan on all of us using low power dumb terminal laptops/desktops and store all our files in the cloud so they have access to it. So this technology is being built for the future Amerika police state.

    You're right. We should return to the benign imperial executive approach of the Bush / Cheney years. The Koch brothers and the GOP most assuredly have our best interests in mind and I'm quite sure American salvation lies just behind the election of another brain dead, supply-side cadre of neo-cons.

    By the way, it's cool to see the GPU handling more of the browser workload, but I wonder why Google seems to be behind the curve here.
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    eddieroolz , December 29, 2011 10:07 PM
    So Chrome fully joins the hardware accelerated browser group started by IE.

    Let's see others fully integrate this feature to their browser too.
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    alidan , December 29, 2011 11:56 PM
    kaisellgrenI do. Let this page load fully, then try scrolling around in Chrome: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/You will notice it lags (at least on my 4 GHz quad core), but in Firefox and IE it's fine, thanks to their GPU acceleration.

    good point, however is that really slow because the cpu cant take it or bad coding? because it seams to take control of my mouse wheel, and only lets it move a certain amount each scroll, about 1 line and hard instead of 2 lines smooth.

    here is a better thought.

    by off loading code that can be handled better by the gpu apposed to using it only in the cpu, it takes a load of the cpu... lets say once core on the cpu was getting hammered to maxing out almost. putting that same code on the gpu, well, its now frees up the cpu, and the gpu only has a 2-10% load.

    this makes browsing the web on a laptop more power efficient also.
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    Anonymous , December 30, 2011 12:06 AM
    Still waiting for Crysis Ultra settings with Stereo 3D within Browser !
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    nottheking , December 30, 2011 5:47 AM
    GPU acceleration for CSS and SVG? Opera had this back in, oh, early 2010? (it was introduced with their "Vega" rendering platform, in 10.50, IIRC) Welcome to the party, Chrome... Only some two years late. And this is only in a nightly build (alpha, basically) rather than a full release roll-out.
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