Google Chrome tabs are separate Windows processes


The first thing I checked with Google Chrome running multiple tabs is how it appears in the Windows Task Manager. Sure enough, each tab is its own separate process with resources allocated in Windows. According to the Google press conference, plugins running within those tabs will get another separate process. I can see an awful lot of Windows processes going at once with typical busy web sessions. I sure like what I see so far but it’s only been ten minutes. :)Google_chrome_tasks


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I really like the separate process for each tab because unlike Firefox and Flock, they don’t EAT up resources like crazy. With FF and Flock, after a while of surfing, they’re at 170,000 k and really grinding down to a screeching halt and I have to shut them down to do anything. With Chrome, it seems to be quite okay.

Now, if only they have support for extensions (cough: adblocker cough:) then, it could really be something workable. I just realized how annoying those Flash ads are. I was ready to smash my computer when things started playing and jumping all over.


JK, you can even selectively kill one of those processes from the Task Manager without bringing the whole Chrome down. As it should be. Only challenge is to know which one you’re about to kill. But if one of the processes were to go haywire and use up a ton of CPU or memory, you can deal with it with brutal means ;)


FireFox 3 uses an excessive amount of RAM. If I have FF3 going with Pandora, most of the time, FireFox is taking more resources than games also being played…

Now, I am not very knowledgeable in this field, but does a separate process for each tab mean that the browser works well with multi-cored systems?


Wow, i just noticed that also. I had one tab open and had 3 chrome processes. Total of 70 megs. I do have a few plug-ins also. hmmm.


ct: 120MB is nothing. My work desktop is currently running FF3 at 100MB with two tabs, and that’s just this page and a completely static one.

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