The RAM management mechanism in Windows 10 is difficult to tame. Chrome is giving up for now

Chrome will not use the SegmentHeap mechanism introduced in Windows 10 2004. In fact, it saved operating memory, but browser performance suffered. Google does not give up, but for now returns to the old mechanism.

Google was to be one of the first important external software providers to use SegmentHeap - an important novelty introduced in the latest Windows 10 update. This SegmentHeap - as we read in the documentation , is a stack of segments, and therefore a modern implementation of the heap - is to ensure significant savings in the use of RAM. Microsoft illustrates them on the example of the yet unavailable, future version of the Edge browser, which consumed up to 27 percent. less memory than working without SegmentHeap.

Of course, Microsoft provided the code to support SegmentHeap to all Chromium partners, and this was accepted into the project. However, Google has changed its mind and does not intend to use it in the Chrome browser. The mechanism itself has not been deleted from the Chromium project and is to remain part of it. Chrome, however, will wait until it provides better results, and the function will be turned off in the flags (settings for powerusers, invisible from the browser interface).

SegmentHeap saved RAM, but slowed the browser.

The implementation of SegmentHeap in Chromium in its current form actually reduces the appetite of these browsers for working memory. However, as Google notes, it also causes about a 12-percent decrease in CPU performance. So the browser is slower and consumes more energy.

Microsoft confirms that its tests show similar problems, but for now it is unclear whether Edge - like Chrome - will for the moment introduce SegmentHeap as a default disabled new feature or decide to enable it. We also don't know what the other partners will do. At least the two companies agree that the mechanism present in Chromium needs to be improved so that it can work better on the new Windows.



The RAM management mechanism in Windows 10 is difficult to tame. Chrome is giving up for now

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