Flow Control Gates in AVStream

AVStream uses logic gates as a control flow mechanism. Each logic gate is represented by a KSGATE structure.

AVStream initializes each filter or pin with a single AND gate. A minidriver can then use this mechanism to determine when that specific object can process data. To retrieve the processing control gate for a pin, the minidriver calls KsPinGetAndGate. To retrieve the processing control gate for a filter, call KsFilterGetAndGate.

To create new logic gates, the minidriver calls KsGateInitializeAnd or KsGateInitializeOr. You can use the output of one gate as an input to another gate, thereby forwarding state transitions. To do this, supply a NextOrGate or NextAndGate parameter in these calls.

To close an existing input to a logic gate, you can call KsGateTurnInputOff. The minidriver might make this call to stop and close an active pin, or to suspend processing for an indefinite period of time.

Similarly, call KsGateTurnInputOn to open an existing input to a specific gate.

When a thread is ready to process, it attempts to capture the on input of the AND gate that controls processing for the processing object. To do this, the minidriver calls KsGateCaptureThreshold.

If the AND gate is open, AVStream turns off an input to the gate, and processing begins. Since the gate is now closed during processing, no other thread can capture the on input of the gate. Only one thread can process data at a time.

To check the status of a gate without modifying it, the minidriver can call KsGateGetStateUnsafe. Note, however, that this function does not handle synchronization.

To delete a logic gate, call KsGateTerminateAnd or KsGateTerminateOr. The gate that you are deleting must be at the beginning of a gate chain.

To attach a pin as an input to a logic gate, and then to connect the same logic gate as input to a filter's AND gate, call KsPinAttachAndGate or KsPinAttachOrGate.

Determining Gate Status

For an AND gate, the value of the Count member of the KSGATE structure is one minus the number of off inputs:

Count = 1 - (number of off inputs)

If this value is less than or equal to zero, the gate is closed. If this value is greater than zero, the gate is open.

For an OR gate, the value of the Count member of KSGATE is the number of on inputs to the gate:

Count = (number of on inputs)

If this value is equal to zero, the gate is closed. If Count is greater than zero, the gate is open.

AND gates have a valid Count range of one or less; OR gates have a valid Count range of zero or greater. Do not set Count to invalid values; AVStream does not verify that a minidriver has set the gate to a valid state.

 

 

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