Wasmtimestandalone runtime for WebAssembly, is nearing its official 1.0 release.
A Bytecode Alliance project, Wasmtime, should reach 1.0 status on September 20, the group said in September 6 blog post. Wasmtime executes WebAssembly code offline. It is designed to be a configurable, embeddable runtime that works at any application scale. WebAssembly, or Wasm for short, is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine, serving as a target for compiling programming languages and enabling web deployment of client and server applications.
For the upcoming release, the Wasmtime developers have focused on making the compiler generate faster code, making Wasmtime instantiate a compiled module faster, and making the runtime as efficient as possible once the module is running. Work was also done to ensure that the runtime is secure and that the compiler produces correct code. Instructions for installing Wasmtime can be found at wasmtime.dev.
Wasmtime is built on top of Cranelift’s code generator, which generates machine code at runtime or in advance. Wasmtime is optimized for efficient instantiation, low overhead calls between the builtin and WebAssembly, and scalability of concurrent instances.
When Wasmtime executes a WebAssembly program, the processor executes both native instructions compiled from WebAssembly bytecode and parts of the Wasmtime runtime that support data structures to help implement WebAssembly semantics. Work was done to improve the startup phase, which covers code compile time and Wasm module instantiation time, as well as the steady state phase, which covers the speed of generated code and the speed of runtime primitives. Cranelift has also been optimized, with plans calling for further optimizations.
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