NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure

The NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure specifies an NDIS Quality of Service (QoS) traffic classification for a network adapter that supports the IEEE 802.1 Data Center Bridging (DCB) interface.

Each traffic classification specifies the following:

  • A classification condition that is based on a data pattern within the egress packet data.

    Starting with NDIS 6.30, classification conditions are based on a 16-bit value, such as a UDP or TCP destination port or a media access control (MAC) EtherType.

  • A classification action that defines the traffic class to be used to handle the egress packet.

    Starting with NDIS 6.30, classification actions specify an 802.1p priority level.

For example, a traffic classification could specify that all egress packets for destination TCP port number 3260 (condition) are assigned an 802.1p priority level 3 (action).

Syntax


typedef struct _NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT {
  NDIS_OBJECT_HEADER Header;
  ULONG              Flags;
  USHORT             ConditionSelector;
  USHORT             ConditionField;
  USHORT             ActionSelector;
  USHORT             ActionField;
} NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT, *PNDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT;

Members

Header

The type, revision, and size of the NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure. This member is formatted as an NDIS_OBJECT_HEADER structure.

The miniport driver must set the Type member of Header to NDIS_OBJECT_TYPE_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT. To specify the version of the NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure, the driver must set the Revision member of Header to the following value:

NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT_REVISION_1

Original version for NDIS 6.30.

Set the Size member to NDIS_SIZEOF_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT_REVISION_1.

Flags

A ULONG value that contains a bitwise OR of flags that specify the state of the NDIS QoS traffic classifications that a miniport driver supports. The following flags are defined:

NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ENFORCED_BY_MINIPORT

If this flag is set, the miniport driver accepts the traffic classification parameters that are specified in the NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure. If the driver accepts the parameters, it must configure the network adapter to perform the traffic classification as specified by the parameters.

Note  This flag is set only in the NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structures that the miniport driver returns to NDIS from an OID_QOS_PARAMETERS OID method request.

ConditionSelector

A USHORT value that specifies the type of the data pattern that is contained in the ConditionField member. For example, the data pattern type could specify a destination UDP port whose value is specified by the ConditionField member.

For more information, see Guidelines for Setting the ConditionSelector and ConditionField Members.

ConditionField

A USHORT value that contains the data pattern whose type is specified by the ConditionSelector member.

For more information, see Guidelines for Setting the ConditionSelector and ConditionField Members.

ActionSelector

A USHORT value that specifies the type of action data that is contained in the ActionField member. Starting with NDIS 6.30, the action data type specifies an 802.1p priority level whose value is specified by the ConditionField member.

For more information, see Guidelines for Setting the ActionSelector and ActionField Members.

ActionField

A USHORT value that contains an action value whose type is specified by the ActionSelector member.

For more information, see Guidelines for Setting the ActionSelector and ActionField Members.

Remarks

A traffic classification specifies a condition and an action that the network adapter applies to egress packet data. When the adapter inspects the egress packet data and finds a matching classification condition, it applies the corresponding action to the egress packet.

Note  Starting with NDIS 6.30, all actions are based on 802.1p priority levels. However, after the network adapter determines the priority level, it must use the egress policies for the NDIS QoS traffic class that is associated with the priority level. The association of priority levels to traffic classes is specified in the NDIS_QOS_PARAMETERS structure.

The NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure specifies each traffic classification element within the array that is specified by the NDIS_QOS_PARAMETERS structure. This structure is used in the following OID requests:

The miniport driver also returns an NDIS_QOS_PARAMETERS structure that contains an array of NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structures in the following NDIS status indications:

For more information, see NDIS QoS Traffic Classifications.

Guidelines for Setting the ConditionSelector and ConditionField Members

The following table defines the range of values for the ConditionSelector and ConditionField members.

ConditionSelector valueConditionField value
NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_RESERVED

The ConditionField member must be set to zero.

Note  This condition is reserved for future use.

NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_DEFAULT

The ConditionField member must be set to zero.

NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_TCP_PORT

The ConditionField member contains a 16-bit destination TCP port value.

NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_UDP_PORT

The ConditionField member contains a 16-bit destination UDP port value.

NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_TCP_OR_UDP_PORT

The ConditionField member contains a 16-bit destination TCP or UDP port value.

NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_ETHERTYPE

The ConditionField member contains a 16-bit IEEE EtherType value.

Note  The network adapter needs to determine the frame layout of the packet in order to inspect the EtherType. For example, the location of the EtherType field is different between an Ethernet II and 802.3 frame.

NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_NETDIRECT_PORT

The ConditionField member contains a 16-bit NetworkDirect port value.

 

If the ConditionSelector member contains a value of NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_DEFAULT, the associated classification action must be applied to all egress packets that did not match any other classification conditions. When the DCB component issues an OID method request of OID_QOS_PARAMETERS, it may set the ConditionSelector to NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_DEFAULT in only the first NDIS_QOS_CLASSIFICATION_ELEMENT structure in the NDIS_QOS_PARAMETERS array.

If the ConditionSelector member contains a value of NDIS_QOS_CONDITION_NETDIRECT_PORT, the miniport driver must match the ConditionField member against either the source or destination port of a NetworkDirect connection. If the miniport driver accepts a NetDirect connection, the driver must match the ConditionField member against the source port of any packet it sends over that connection. If the miniport driver initiates a NetDirect connection, it must match the ConditionField member against the destination port of any packet it sends over that connection.

For more information on the DCB component, see NDIS QoS Architecture for Data Center Bridging.

Guidelines for Setting the ActionSelector and ActionField Members

The following table defines the range of values for the ActionSelector and ActionField members.

ActionSelector valueActionField value
NDIS_QOS_ACTION_PRIORITY

The ActionField member contains a 3-bit IEEE 802.1p priority level value. For more information on these priority levels, see IEEE 802.1p Priority Levels.

 

Starting with NDIS 6.30, traffic classification actions define an IEEE 802.1p priority level to which the egress packet is assigned. When the network adapter assigns a priority level to an egress packet, the adapter also applies the parameters for the NDIS QoS traffic class associated with the specified priority level. These parameters determine how the network adapter transmits the packet, and include bandwidth allocation and transmission selection algorithm (TSA).

For more information on NDIS QoS traffic classes, see NDIS QoS Traffic Classes.

Requirements

Version

Supported in NDIS 6.30 and later.

Header

Ntddndis.h (include Ndis.h)

See also

NDIS_OBJECT_HEADER
NDIS_QOS_PARAMETERS
NDIS_STATUS_QOS_OPERATIONAL_PARAMETERS_CHANGE
NDIS_STATUS_QOS_REMOTE_PARAMETERS_CHANGE
OID_QOS_OPERATIONAL_PARAMETERS
OID_QOS_PARAMETERS
OID_QOS_REMOTE_PARAMETERS

 

 

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