Vivaldi Technologies released version 3.7 of its Vivaldi web browser recently. Vivaldi 3.7 included major performance boosts, specifically in regards to tabs and windows in the browser. Performance benchmarks released by the company suggest that the browser opens tabs twice as fast as before now and that windows open 26% faster than before.
One question that arose from this was how Vivaldi’s engineers managed to integrate the speed improvements in the browser, considering that it is based on Chromium, the same core that many other browsers, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave and Opera use.
The company published a blog post on its site explaining how it integrated the improvements in the browser:
We have essentially reworked the PageStore, a component we like to think of as the beating heart of the Vivaldi UI. The PageStore is where tabs store information about their state so that they can access the information later.
Engineers changed the logic of PageStore, a major component that is part of Vivaldi. The improved PageStore will ignore change scenarios that don’t change anything effectively; this reliefs the user interface from having to react to these changes and that in turn improves the performance.
Vivaldi Technologies made the changes to the parts of the browser that are specific to the Vivaldi browser, and not to the Chromium core. If the improvements would have been made to the Chromium core, all browsers based on Chromium would benefit from these improvements.
By focusing on improving the performance of these unique parts of the browser, Vivaldi Technologies managed to give the browser a performance boost that is significant and only applies to it and not to other Chromium-based browsers.
One criticism that Vivaldi faced in recent years was that it was a bit slower than other Chromium-based browsers. While it is still very fast, it is probably the Chromium-based browser with the highest level of customization options, and that impacts performance somewhat.
Vivaldi users will benefit from the improvements made to the performance of the web browser, and the changes, implemented in Vivaldi 3.7 and future changes, may attract more users to the browser as well.
Now You: have you tried the recent version of Vivaldi? Did you notice any performance improvements?