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e10s Update: May 26

Executive Summary

  • Green means GO! For e10s-multi Firefox 54 Beta 1 with 4 content processes. Currently 26% of the 54 Beta population has e10s-Multi enabled as compared to 21.15% the first week. After four weeks on beta, we have no major issues which would prevent us from shipping release criteria. Scroll below, to see more details.
  • The Release Plan is to activate e10s multi for 80% of our Release users without add-ons (leaving 20% of users without add-ons with single process). We are going to target 100% of that 80% on Day 1. If something goes awry, we can disable e10s multi with the System Add-On completely or, for a specific population exhibiting issues.
  • e10s and A11y for Windows has slipped from Firefox 55 to Firefox 56+ due to the challenges with instability.

e10s-Multi Release Criteria

  • [ON TRACK] Stability. We have a tight correlation between single process and multi-process crashes which is good. We decided that th WebExtensions crashes in the content crash rate is being higher than Non Web-Extensions was enough risk to not include WE extensions users in this initial roll-out for Firefox 54. There are a couple of fixes happening: a fix for initial signature which started this conversation bug 1347984 has landed in beta and fixes found in bug 1358879 will also help and shall ship in 55.
  • [ON TRACK] Performance Telemetry shows us that there is parity between 4 processes and single process e10s so far. This is considered to be meeting our release criteria thus far, though as mentioned above, we would like the sample size for Mac OS and Linux to increase a bit. A few areas we are keeping our eyes on include:
  • [ON TRACK] Memory Usage is considered to be on track. Our criteria is to be better than Chrome and Eric's latest findings show us that we are. Gabor is adding telemetry so it is easy for us to see how many content processes are running when memory is being measured. When that lands, we will uplift to beta.

Upcoming Decisions and Milestones

  • [DONE] A go/no-go decision for doing an initial roll-out for Multi in Firefox 54 will happen no later than June 3rd.
  • [DONE] May 23 Compare MPC=data to our current Performance and Stability baseline
  • [DONE] The % of Beta Users with e10s-Multi activated in shows us that our initial experiment design doesn't activate E10s-Multi for as many users as we would like. 10% of the population is in the control group and 90% is in test, however, only 46% have e10s active and 21% which is has Multi enabled. We are currently activating e10s-Multi for users who either do not have add-ons installed or who are using WebExtensions only. Product's sentiment is that this approach is too conservative and is evaluating risk vs. reward for expanding the experiment to include MPC=True Add-Ons for e10s Multi. This decision will be made by May 12th.
  • [DONE] We should have complete data for our release criteria by EOD May 10

Engineering Status + Schedule

  • Engineering highlights include combing through the back log and preparing for planning. Patch volume is down because of the palce we are in the project; we are finished with convergence and keeping an eye on incoming issues. We are currently working to land bug 1364849. Next up, we will be planning for the future which will happen during the San Francisco work week.