Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

The parallel future of the browser

Lin Clark (Mozilla)
1:35pm–1:50pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Location: Grand Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)

The browser needs to get faster. The first browser was created almost 30 years ago. Since then, the browser has moved from its past as a simple document viewer toward a future as a fully featured application platform. But these applications are testing the limits of current browsers, especially on devices like smartphones. To support them, browsers need to adapt to modern hardware; they need to go parallel.

Lin Clark explains how the browser works today and what browser vendors need to do over the next few years to ensure their browsers (and the web itself) meet upcoming demands.

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Lin Clark


Lin Clark makes code cartoons. She’s also part of Mozilla’s Emerging Technologies Group, where she works with the WebAssembly and Rust teams. Her current project is making it easy to use WebAssembly with today’s JavaScript tools, including npm and bundlers. In previous lives, she worked at npm, was a core contributor to open source projects like Firefox’s developer tools, and contributed to HTML data standards.