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Old 2020-04-25, 14:13   #12
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WebAssembly threads requires SharedArrayBuffer. This was implemented on major browsers but since Spectre and Meltdown attacks were found in January 2018, the feature was disabled in both Chrome and Firefox and deleted in Safari.

In Chrome 70 SharedArrayBuffer was enabled again, so this Web browser supports WebAssembly threads with no changes, Firefox requires javascript.options.shared_memory preference to be set to true. Safari does not have SharedArrayBuffer, so it cannot support WebAssembly threads.

Notice that this does not mean that we cannot use more than one core of the processor to perform factorization, but it is a lot more complex and probably requires more memory for communication between the different processes.

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