Apple’s WebKit team has announced Speedometer 2.0. It’s an update of the benchmarking suite designed to allow browser engineers to test their browser engines.
WebKit is a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers. It powers Apple’s Safari web browser.
Apple says the web developer ecosystem has evolved significantly since Speedometer 1.0 was first released, as have the trends in what libraries, frameworks, and programming paradigms are used. Developers now commonly use transpilers, module bundlers, and recently-introduced frameworks when creating new sites.
For the last year, engineers from WebKit and Chromium have been collaborating on a new version of Speedometer that better reflects the frameworks, tools, and patterns in wide use today. Apple says the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark (http://browserbench.org/Speedometer2.0/) helps browser vendors optimize their browser engines for the modern Web.