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Section: Direct Access Transport Library Functions (3DAT)
Updated: 16 Jul 2004
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dat_ep_recv_query - provide Endpoint receive queue consumption on SRQ  


cc [ flag... ] file... -ldat [ library... ] 
#include <dat/udat.h>

    dat_ep_recv_query (
        IN      DAT_EP_HANDLE       ep_handle,
        OUT     DAT_COUNT           *nbufs_allocated,
        OUT     DAT_COUNT           *bufs_alloc_span


ep_handle Handle for an instance of the EP.

nbufs_allocated The number of buffers at the EP for which completions have not yet been generated.

bufs_alloc_span The span of buffers that EP needs to complete arriving messages.



The dat_ep_recv_query() function provides to the Consumer a snapshot for Recv buffers on EP. The values for nbufs_allocated and bufs_alloc_span are not defined when DAT_RETURN is not DAT_SUCCESS.

The Provider might not support nbufs_allocated, bufs_alloc_span or both. Check the Provider attribute for EP Recv info support. When the Provider does not support both of these counts, the return value for the operation can be DAT_MODEL_NOT_SUPPORTED.

If nbufs_allocated is not NULL, the count pointed to by nbufs_allocated will return a snapshot count of the number of buffers allocated to ep_handle but not yet completed.

Once a buffer has been allocated to an EP, it will be completed to the EP recv_evd if the EVD has not overflowed. When an EP does not use SRQ, a buffer is allocated as soon as it is posted to the EP. For EP that uses SRQ, a buffer is allocated to the EP when EP removes it from SRQ.

If bufs_alloc_span is not NULL, then the count to which bufs_alloc_span pointed will return the span of buffers allocated to the ep_handle. The span is the number of additional successful Recv completions that EP can generate if all the messages it is currently receiving will complete successfully.

If a message sequence number is assigned to all received messages, the buffer span is the difference between the latest message sequence number of an allocated buffer minus the latest message sequence number for which completion has been generated. This sequence number only counts Send messages of remote Endpoint of the connection.

The Message Sequence Number (MSN) represents the order that Send messages were submitted by the remote Consumer. The ordering of sends is intrinsic to the definition of a reliable service. Therefore every send message does have a MSN whether or not the native transport has a field with that name.

For both nbufs_allocated and bufs_alloc_span, the Provider can return the reserved value DAT_VALUE_UNKNOWN if it cannot obtain the requested count at a reasonable cost.  


DAT_SUCCESS The operation was successful.

DAT_INVALID_PARAMETER Invalid parameter.

DAT_INVALID_HANDLE The DAT handle ep_handle is invalid.

DAT_MODEL_NOT_SUPPORTED The requested Model was not supported by the Provider.



If the Provider cannot support the query for nbufs_allocated or bufs_alloc_span, the value returned for that attribute must be DAT_VALUE_UNKNOWN.

An implementation that processes incoming packets out of order and allocates from SRQs on an arrival basis can have gaps in the MSNs associated with buffers allocated to an Endpoint.

For example, suppose Endpoint X has received buffer fragments for MSNs 19, 22, and 23. With arrival ordering, the EP would have allocated three buffers from the SRQ for messages 19, 22, and 23. The number allocated would be 3, but the span would be 5. The difference of two represents the buffers that will have to be allocated for messages 20 and 21. They have not yet been allocated, but messages 22 and 23 will not be delivered until after messages 20 and 21 have not only had their buffers allocated but have also completed.

An implementation can choose to allocate 20 and 21 as soon as any higher buffer is allocated. This makes sense if you presume that this is a valid connection, because obviously 20 and 21 are in flight. However, it creates a greater vulnerability to Denial Of Service attacks. There are also other implementation tradeoffs, so the Consumer should accept that different RNICs for iWARP will employ different strategies on when to perform these allocations.

Each implementation will have some method of tracking the receive buffers already associated with an EP and knowing which buffer matches which incoming message, though those methods might vary. In particular, there are valid implementations such as linked lists, where a count of the outstanding buffers is not instantly available. Such implementations would have to scan the allocated list to determine both the number of buffers and their span. If such a scan is necessary, it is important that it be only a single scan. The set of buffers that was counted must be the same set of buffers for which the span is reported.

The implementation should not scan twice, once to count the buffers and then again to determine their span. Not only is it inefficient, but it might produce inconsistent results if buffers were completed or arrived between the two scans.

Other implementations can simply maintain counts of these values to easily filter invalid packets. If so, these status counters should be updated and referenced atomically.

The implementation must never report n buffers in a span that is less than n.  


See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface StabilityStandard: uDAPL, 1.2



dat_ep_create(3DAT), dat_srq_create(3DAT), dat_srq_free(3DAT), dat_srq_query(3DAT), dat_ep_set_watermark(3DAT), libdat(3LIB), attributes(5)




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