FUTURE: IMAGINE DOING PHOTOSHOP OR PLAYING CRYSIS ON WEB BROWSER
We live in a world where the need of Internet is felt on a daily basis.
NEARLY almost everything is done through it. Emphasis on ‘NEARLY’
That is because, while the use of web browsers have drastically changed over the years, doing heavy computing work e.g. photo-editing, gaming (not the FLASH kind) etc. is still requires one to leave the browsers and use a computer application.
This is not to say that web browsers are under-developed. From what I have read, a lot of investment has been done on improving the engine and speed. Yet, the ‘native applications’ have a upper hand in two aspects –
- They come with some form of vector extension that allows multiple operations simultaneously.
- Presence of multi-core processors.
This will make it possible to stay on the browser for heaving computing work from photo-editing to perhaps 3D gaming.
This is really the key – Parallel implementation is everything. It is WAY better than serial implementation. Think of it like electric circuit where parallel arrangement of batteries always gives more output.
The other cool top ups are –
- It works with upcoming HTML 5
- It uses OpenCL as an intermediate language (so can work on any hardware and not just Intel)
- It plays with WebGL (which brings 3D visualizations on web browsers)
What does this mean in the future? Well, it definitely would not make ‘native applications’ obsolete but a complete new way of using browsers.
River Trail is already available on Firefox as an add-on. Let’s use it and see!
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