April 3rd, 2013, 21:22 PM
Mozilla And Samsung Working On A New Browser Engine
Mozilla Research has partnered with Samsung to work on ‘Servo’ – a new web browser engine, developed primarily for Android OS and ARM processors.
According to Mozilla’s CTO Brendan Eich, the upcoming browser is designed “to take advantage of tomorrow’s faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures” and being written using Rust, a new, experimental programming language developed by Graydon Hoare and Mozilla Research.
This week, Mozilla is celebrating 15 years of building “a better web” through open source software.
Mozilla has just launched the 20th iteration of its Firefox web browser, and while it features plenty of improvements, the open source community is already looking forward to the next generation of browser engines.
Servo is an attempt to build a new browser from the ground up, ready for the “massively parallel” hardware of the future, without the need to dig through old code to track down forgotten bugs and vulnerabilities, Mozilla said.
The new engine will be written in Rust, a new systems language developed by Mozilla and a growing community of open source enthusiasts.
“Samsung has already contributed an ARM backend to Rust and the build infrastructure necessary to cross-compile to Android, along with many other improvements,” explained Eich.