When using XMLHttpRequest to stream large files, .responseText accesses seem to produce tons and tons of reallocations and memcpy operations. In my profiles the memcpy traffic alone accounts for 10-13% of CPU time according to the SPS profile. The reallocations also create a lot of GC pressure and pauses. Things that would help here: Avoid reallocating the responseText string's buffer repeatedly (this has other benefits, in particular reducing the consequences of the responseText leak) Being able to stream an arraybuffer response (last time I checked this doesn't work?) Being able to request a string or array buffer representing a subset of the response (instead of getting back a 40MB string representing an entire 40MB file) Being able to adjust the chunk size the browser uses when notifying you about updates via onreadystatechange. For reference, this is the library I am using to stream TAR files via XHR: https://github.com/kevingadd/JSIL/blob/tar/Libraries/multifile.js Let me know if you need a full test case to test against and I can upload one (it's big, though)
There's a test case up that demonstrates the problem: http://hildr.luminance.org/bugs/3/Lumberjack/Lumberjack.html?disableSound
Talk to ack -- he has some tar+IndexedDB stuff. Also, yeah, XHR will realloc, though so will arraybuffer. responseText is doubly awful though, because it's ucs2; why use responseText and not an arraybuffer? (you can do chunked arraybuffer) In the future we also plan to honor content-length and preallocate a buffer if possible.
> Avoid reallocating the responseText string's buffer repeatedly Not really doable if JS asks for the .responseText repeatedly, because it's sharing the underlying buffer, which therefore cannot be modified in-place.... > Being able to stream an arraybuffer response (last time I checked this doesn't work?) chunked-arraybuffer should work, though it's Gecko-only last I checked. > Being able to request a string or array buffer representing a subset of the response Does using HTTP Range headers not work? Note that this may not play nice with gzip encoding, though. > In the future we also plan to honor content-length and preallocate a buffer if possible. That won't help if the web page polls .responseText on progress, unless the JS GC is very expeditious about dropping those strings; see above.
Whiteboard: [games:p?] → [games:p3]
Whiteboard: [games:p3][diamond] → [games:p?][diamond]
Component: DOM → DOM: Core & HTML
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