Every six weeks, we create a new branch of V8 as part of our release process. Each version is branched from V8’s Git master immediately before a Chrome Beta milestone. Today we’re pleased to announce our newest branch, V8 version 8.7, which is in beta until its release in coordination with Chrome 87 Stable in several weeks. V8 v8.7 is filled with all sorts of developer-facing goodies. This post provides a preview of some of the highlights in anticipation of the release.
Unsafe fast JS calls #
The feature is still experimental and can be enabled through the
--turbo-fast-api-calls flag in V8 or the corresponding
--enable-unsafe-fast-js-calls flag in Chrome. It is designed to improve performance of some native graphics APIs in Chrome, but can also be used by other embedders. It provides new means for developers to create instances of
v8::FunctionTemplate, as is documented in this header file. Functions created using the original API will remain unaffected.
For more information and a list of available features, please see this explainer.
Atomics.waitAsync is now available in V8 v8.7.
Atomics.notify are low-level synchronization primitives useful for implementing mutexes and other means of synchronization. However, since
Atomics.wait is blocking, it’s not possible to call it on the main thread (trying to do so will throw a TypeError). The non-blocking version,
Atomics.waitAsync, is usable also on the main thread.
Check out our explainer on
Atomics APIs for more details.
V8 API #
git log branch-heads/8.6..branch-heads/8.7 include/v8.h to get a list of the API changes.
Developers with an active V8 checkout can use
git checkout -b 8.7 -t branch-heads/8.7 to experiment with the new features in V8 v8.7. Alternatively you can subscribe to Chrome’s Beta channel and try the new features out yourself soon.