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Based on kernel version 3.15.4. Page generated on 2014-07-07 09:04 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 4.4.6.4 and 8.12.1.4 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.
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