Based on kernel version 3.12. Page generated on 2013-11-13 22:00 EST.
1 Background 2 ========== 3 4 Bulk endpoint streams were added in the USB 3.0 specification. Streams allow a 5 device driver to overload a bulk endpoint so that multiple transfers can be 6 queued at once. 7 8 Streams are defined in sections 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 of the Universal Serial Bus 9 3.0 specification at http://www.usb.org/developers/docs/ The USB Attached SCSI 10 Protocol, which uses streams to queue multiple SCSI commands, can be found on 11 the T10 website (http://t10.org/). 12 13 14 Device-side implications 15 ======================== 16 17 Once a buffer has been queued to a stream ring, the device is notified (through 18 an out-of-band mechanism on another endpoint) that data is ready for that stream 19 ID. The device then tells the host which "stream" it wants to start. The host 20 can also initiate a transfer on a stream without the device asking, but the 21 device can refuse that transfer. Devices can switch between streams at any 22 time. 23 24 25 Driver implications 26 =================== 27 28 int usb_alloc_streams(struct usb_interface *interface, 29 struct usb_host_endpoint **eps, unsigned int num_eps, 30 unsigned int num_streams, gfp_t mem_flags); 31 32 Device drivers will call this API to request that the host controller driver 33 allocate memory so the driver can use up to num_streams stream IDs. They must 34 pass an array of usb_host_endpoints that need to be setup with similar stream 35 IDs. This is to ensure that a UASP driver will be able to use the same stream 36 ID for the bulk IN and OUT endpoints used in a Bi-directional command sequence. 37 38 The return value is an error condition (if one of the endpoints doesn't support 39 streams, or the xHCI driver ran out of memory), or the number of streams the 40 host controller allocated for this endpoint. The xHCI host controller hardware 41 declares how many stream IDs it can support, and each bulk endpoint on a 42 SuperSpeed device will say how many stream IDs it can handle. Therefore, 43 drivers should be able to deal with being allocated less stream IDs than they 44 requested. 45 46 Do NOT call this function if you have URBs enqueued for any of the endpoints 47 passed in as arguments. Do not call this function to request less than two 48 streams. 49 50 Drivers will only be allowed to call this API once for the same endpoint 51 without calling usb_free_streams(). This is a simplification for the xHCI host 52 controller driver, and may change in the future. 53 54 55 Picking new Stream IDs to use 56 ============================ 57 58 Stream ID 0 is reserved, and should not be used to communicate with devices. If 59 usb_alloc_streams() returns with a value of N, you may use streams 1 though N. 60 To queue an URB for a specific stream, set the urb->stream_id value. If the 61 endpoint does not support streams, an error will be returned. 62 63 Note that new API to choose the next stream ID will have to be added if the xHCI 64 driver supports secondary stream IDs. 65 66 67 Clean up 68 ======== 69 70 If a driver wishes to stop using streams to communicate with the device, it 71 should call 72 73 void usb_free_streams(struct usb_interface *interface, 74 struct usb_host_endpoint **eps, unsigned int num_eps, 75 gfp_t mem_flags); 76 77 All stream IDs will be deallocated when the driver releases the interface, to 78 ensure that drivers that don't support streams will be able to use the endpoint.