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BufferedStream Class

Adds a buffering layer to read and write operations on another stream. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public sealed class BufferedStream : Stream

The BufferedStream type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodBufferedStream(Stream)Initializes a new instance of the BufferedStream class with a default buffer size of 4096 bytes.
Public methodBufferedStream(Stream, Int32)Initializes a new instance of the BufferedStream class with the specified buffer size.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyCanReadGets a value indicating whether the current stream supports reading. (Overrides Stream.CanRead.)
Public propertyCanSeekGets a value indicating whether the current stream supports seeking. (Overrides Stream.CanSeek.)
Public propertyCanTimeoutGets a value that determines whether the current stream can time out. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public propertyCanWriteGets a value indicating whether the current stream supports writing. (Overrides Stream.CanWrite.)
Public propertyLengthGets the stream length in bytes. (Overrides Stream.Length.)
Public propertyPositionGets the position within the current stream. (Overrides Stream.Position.)
Public propertyReadTimeoutGets or sets a value, in miliseconds, that determines how long the stream will attempt to read before timing out. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public propertyWriteTimeoutGets or sets a value, in miliseconds, that determines how long the stream will attempt to write before timing out. (Inherited from Stream.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodBeginReadBegins an asynchronous read operation. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodBeginWriteBegins an asynchronous write operation. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodCloseCloses the current stream and releases any resources (such as sockets and file handles) associated with the current stream. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodCopyTo(Stream)Reads the bytes from the current stream and writes them to the destination stream. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodCopyTo(Stream, Int32)Reads all the bytes from the current stream and writes them to a destination stream, using a specified buffer size. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodCreateObjRefCreates an object that contains all the relevant information required to generate a proxy used to communicate with a remote object. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Protected methodCreateWaitHandle Obsolete. Allocates a WaitHandle object. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodDispose()Releases all resources used by the Stream. (Inherited from Stream.)
Protected methodDispose(Boolean)Releases the unmanaged resources used by the Stream and optionally releases the managed resources. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodEndReadWaits for the pending asynchronous read to complete. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodEndWriteEnds an asynchronous write operation. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodFlushClears all buffers for this stream and causes any buffered data to be written to the underlying device. (Overrides Stream.Flush().)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetLifetimeServiceRetrieves the current lifetime service object that controls the lifetime policy for this instance. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodInitializeLifetimeServiceObtains a lifetime service object to control the lifetime policy for this instance. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Protected methodMemberwiseClone()Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseClone(Boolean)Creates a shallow copy of the current MarshalByRefObject object. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Protected methodObjectInvariantInfrastructure. Provides support for a Contract. (Inherited from Stream.)
Public methodReadCopies bytes from the current buffered stream to an array. (Overrides Stream.Read(Byte[], Int32, Int32).)
Public methodReadByteReads a byte from the underlying stream and returns the byte cast to an int, or returns -1 if reading from the end of the stream. (Overrides Stream.ReadByte().)
Public methodSeekSets the position within the current buffered stream. (Overrides Stream.Seek(Int64, SeekOrigin).)
Public methodSetLengthSets the length of the buffered stream. (Overrides Stream.SetLength(Int64).)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodWriteCopies bytes to the buffered stream and advances the current position within the buffered stream by the number of bytes written. (Overrides Stream.Write(Byte[], Int32, Int32).)
Public methodWriteByteWrites a byte to the current position in the buffered stream. (Overrides Stream.WriteByte(Byte).)
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A buffer is a block of bytes in memory used to cache data, thereby reducing the number of calls to the operating system. Buffers improve read and write performance. A buffer can be used for either reading or writing, but never both simultaneously. The Read and Write methods of BufferedStream automatically maintain the buffer.

BufferedStream can be composed around certain types of streams. It provides implementations for reading and writing bytes to an underlying data source or repository. Use BinaryReader and BinaryWriter for reading and writing other data types. BufferedStream is designed to prevent the buffer from slowing down input and output when the buffer is not needed. If you always read and write for sizes greater than the internal buffer size, then BufferedStream might not even allocate the internal buffer. BufferedStream also buffers reads and writes in a shared buffer. It is assumed that you will almost always be doing a series of reads or writes, but rarely alternate between the two of them.

The following code example shows how to use the BufferedStream class over the NetworkStream class to increase the performance of certain I/O operations. Start the server on a remote computer before starting the client. Specify the remote computer name as a command-line argument when starting the client. Vary the dataArraySize and streamBufferSize constants to view their effect on performance.


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Sockets;

public class Client
{
    const int dataArraySize    =   100;
    const int streamBufferSize =  1000;
    const int numberOfLoops    = 10000;

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Check that an argument was specified when the
        // program was invoked.
        if(args.Length == 0)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Error: The name of the host computer" +
                " must be specified when the program is invoked.");
            return;
        }

        string remoteName = args[0];

        // Create the underlying socket and connect to the server.
        Socket clientSocket = new Socket(AddressFamily.InterNetwork,
            SocketType.Stream, ProtocolType.Tcp);

        clientSocket.Connect(new IPEndPoint(
            Dns.Resolve(remoteName).AddressList[0], 1800));

        Console.WriteLine("Client is connected.\n");

        // Create a NetworkStream that owns clientSocket and
        // then create a BufferedStream on top of the NetworkStream.
        // Both streams are disposed when execution exits the
        // using statement.
        using(Stream
            netStream = new NetworkStream(clientSocket, true),
            bufStream =
                  new BufferedStream(netStream, streamBufferSize))
        {
            // Check whether the underlying stream supports seeking.
            Console.WriteLine("NetworkStream {0} seeking.\n",
                bufStream.CanSeek ? "supports" : "does not support");

            // Send and receive data.
            if(bufStream.CanWrite)
            {
                SendData(netStream, bufStream);
            }
            if(bufStream.CanRead)
            {
                ReceiveData(netStream, bufStream);
            }

            // When bufStream is closed, netStream is in turn
            // closed, which in turn shuts down the connection
            // and closes clientSocket.
            Console.WriteLine("\nShutting down the connection.");
            bufStream.Close();
        }
    }

    static void SendData(Stream netStream, Stream bufStream)
    {
        DateTime startTime;
        double networkTime, bufferedTime;

        // Create random data to send to the server.
        byte[] dataToSend = new byte[dataArraySize];
        new Random().NextBytes(dataToSend);

        // Send the data using the NetworkStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using NetworkStream.");
        startTime = DateTime.Now;
        for(int i = 0; i < numberOfLoops; i++)
        {
            netStream.Write(dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length);
        }
        networkTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds.\n",
            numberOfLoops * dataToSend.Length,
            networkTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Send the data using the BufferedStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using BufferedStream.");
        startTime = DateTime.Now;
        for(int i = 0; i < numberOfLoops; i++)
        {
            bufStream.Write(dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length);
        }
        bufStream.Flush();
        bufferedTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds.\n",
            numberOfLoops * dataToSend.Length,
            bufferedTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Print the ratio of write times.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using the buffered " +
            "network stream was {0} {1} than using the network " +
            "stream alone.\n",
            (networkTime/bufferedTime).ToString("P0"),
            bufferedTime < networkTime ? "faster" : "slower");
    }

    static void ReceiveData(Stream netStream, Stream bufStream)
    {
        DateTime startTime;
        double networkTime, bufferedTime = 0;
        int bytesReceived = 0;
        byte[] receivedData = new byte[dataArraySize];

        // Receive data using the NetworkStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using NetworkStream.");
        startTime = DateTime.Now;
        while(bytesReceived < numberOfLoops * receivedData.Length)
        {
            bytesReceived += netStream.Read(
                receivedData, 0, receivedData.Length);
        }
        networkTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received in {1} seconds.\n",
            bytesReceived.ToString(),
            networkTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Receive data using the BufferedStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using BufferedStream.");
        bytesReceived = 0;
        startTime = DateTime.Now;

        int numBytesToRead = receivedData.Length;

        while (numBytesToRead > 0)
        {
            // Read may return anything from 0 to numBytesToRead.
            int n = bufStream.Read(receivedData,0, receivedData.Length);
            // The end of the file is reached.
            if (n == 0)
                break;
            bytesReceived += n;
            numBytesToRead -= n;
        }

        bufferedTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received in {1} seconds.\n",
            bytesReceived.ToString(),
            bufferedTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Print the ratio of read times.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using the buffered network" +
            " stream was {0} {1} than using the network stream alone.",
            (networkTime/bufferedTime).ToString("P0"),
            bufferedTime < networkTime ? "faster" : "slower");
    }
}



using System;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Sockets;

public class Server 
{
    static void Main() 
    {
        // This is a Windows Sockets 2 error code.
        const int WSAETIMEDOUT = 10060;

        Socket serverSocket;
        int bytesReceived, totalReceived = 0;
        byte[] receivedData = new byte[2000000];

        // Create random data to send to the client.
        byte[] dataToSend = new byte[2000000];
        new Random().NextBytes(dataToSend);

        IPAddress ipAddress =
            Dns.Resolve(Dns.GetHostName()).AddressList[0];

        IPEndPoint ipEndpoint = new IPEndPoint(ipAddress, 1800);

        // Create a socket and listen for incoming connections.
        using(Socket listenSocket = new Socket(
            AddressFamily.InterNetwork, SocketType.Stream, 
            ProtocolType.Tcp))
        {
            listenSocket.Bind(ipEndpoint);
            listenSocket.Listen(1);

            // Accept a connection and create a socket to handle it.
            serverSocket = listenSocket.Accept();
            Console.WriteLine("Server is connected.\n");
        }

        try
        {
            // Send data to the client.
            Console.Write("Sending data ... ");
            int bytesSent = serverSocket.Send(
                dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length, SocketFlags.None);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent.\n", 
                bytesSent.ToString());

            // Set the timeout for receiving data to 2 seconds.
            serverSocket.SetSocketOption(SocketOptionLevel.Socket,
                SocketOptionName.ReceiveTimeout, 2000);

            // Receive data from the client.
            Console.Write("Receiving data ... ");
            try
            {
                do
                {
                    bytesReceived = serverSocket.Receive(receivedData,
                        0, receivedData.Length, SocketFlags.None);
                    totalReceived += bytesReceived;
                }
                while(bytesReceived != 0);
            }
            catch(SocketException e)
            {
                if(e.ErrorCode == WSAETIMEDOUT)
                {
                    // Data was not received within the given time.
                    // Assume that the transmission has ended.
                }
                else
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}\n", 
                        e.GetType().Name, e.Message);
                }
            }
            finally
            {
                Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received.\n",
                    totalReceived.ToString());
            }
        }
        finally
        {
            serverSocket.Shutdown(SocketShutdown.Both);
            Console.WriteLine("Connection shut down.");
            serverSocket.Close();
        }
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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