Chrome consumes more RAM, because of Spectre security fixes
The data shows that Chrome browser has more than 1 billion users worldwide, and firmly occupy No.1. Google this week announced that the Chrome browser had implemented a fix for the Spectre vulnerability, which comes from the bottom of the processor and affects a large number of chips including Intel, AMD and even ARM platforms.
Fixing is, of course, a good thing, but Google software engineer Charlie Reis confirmed that this repair operation would take up 10-13% of the running memory under heavy load. For customers below 4GB, it is not a good thing. Charlie Reis said:
“Site Isolation does cause Chrome to create more renderer processes, which comes with performance tradeoffs. There is about a 10-13 percent total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes.“
It is reported that Windows, Mac and Chrome including the Chrome OS platform were affected by this fix. Reis told, “Our team continues to work hard to optimize this behavior to keep Chrome both fast and secure.”