Google makes Go faster

Go 1.1 features a number of performance improvements, including a faster compiler

Google has updated its Go programming language, making it faster and more suitable for multicore processors.

"The most significant improvements are performance-related," wrote Google engineer Andrew Gerrand, in a post announcing the new version. "It is likely that your Go code will run noticeably faster when built with Go 1.1."

For this release, the Go development team optimized a number of major elements of Go, including the compiler and linker, garbage collector, scheduler, and parts of the standard library.

Google first launched Go in 2009 as an experimental programming language, one that combines the speed and safety of a compiled language such as C++ with the flexibility of a dynamic language such as JavaScript.

The company released the first full version of Go last year, and released three minor updates since then. In addition to using in-house staff to refine the language, Google accepted 2,600 code modifications from 161 contributors for this version.

In addition to the performance improvements, Go 1.1 has a number of other significant features. Programs in the language can run more smoothly across multiple processor cores, thanks to a new race detector. On the programming side, return requirements have been modified, which will reinforce more succinct coding habits.

Go 1.1 is fully backward compatible; it can recognize and run all programs built using Go 1.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googlesoftwareapplication developmentLanguages and standards

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?