Classes of Offload State Variables

There are three classes of offload state variables:

Constant

The value of a constant variable does not change during the life of a TCP connection. Neither the host stack nor the offload target changes the value of a constant variable. When the host stack terminates the offload of one or more state objects by causing NDIS to call the offload target's MiniportTerminateOffload function, the offload target does not return the value of an offloaded constant variable to the host stack.

Cached

A cached variable is owned and maintained by the host stack. An offload target must not change the value of a cached variable unless this value is updated by the host stack. If the value of a cached variable changes, the host stack requests an update of the variable, which causes NDIS to call the offload target's MiniportUpdateOffload function. When the host stack terminates the offload of one or more state objects by causing NDIS to call the offload target's MiniportTerminateOffload function, the offload target does not return the value of offloaded cached variables to the host stack.

Delegated

The host stack provides initial values for delegated variables when it offloads such variables to the offload target. After delegated variables are offloaded, the offload target owns and maintains them. Only the offload target can change the value of an offloaded delegated variable. The offload target does not notify the host stack of changes to the values of offloaded delegated variables. However, the host stack can query the value of offloaded delegated variables, which causes NDIS to call the offload target's MiniportQueryOffload function. When the host stack terminates the offload of one or more state objects by causing NDIS to call the offload target's MiniportTerminateOffload function, the offload target passes the value of delegated variables in the terminated state object back to the host stack.

For a complete listing of the offload variables for each layer of offload state, see Offload State Objects.

 

 

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