Computer Architecture of Web Browsers
CS 301 Lecture, Dr. Lawlor
Amazing things are possible inside a web browser, even without web server involvement.
lets you modify any element of a web page: you can programmatically add
text, move images, process and respond to keyboard and mouse input, and
talk across the network to a web server. This lets you build full
applications that run right out of an HTML file, in any browser, on any
- WebGL (see Dr. Lawlor demo!) lets you do OpenGL and GLSL graphics card programming directly from your supported web browser. (Caveats: WebGL support is uneven. It won't work in Internet Explorer, and some hardware or drivers are 'blacklisted' for executing poorly.)
- WebCL will let you do OpenCL parallel programming. Caveat: support is currently via a semi-mythical plugin.