The (documented) set of function calls supported by a particular application, by which programmers can access the functionality available in the application.
Comedi uses permanently allocated kernel memory for streaming input
and output to store data that has been measured by a device, but has
not been read by an application. These buffers can be resized by the
comedi_set_max_buffer_size or the
This is an error message that indicates that the driver ran out of
space in a Comedi buffer to put samples. It means that the application
is not copying data out of the buffer quickly enough. Often, this
problem can be fixed by making the Comedi buffer larger. See
comedi_set_buffer_size for more information.
DMA is a method of transferring data between a device and the main memory of a computer. DMA operates differently on ISA and PCI cards. ISA DMA is handled by a controller on the motherboard and is limited to transfers to/from the lowest 16 MB of physical RAM and can only handle a single segment of memory at a time. These limitations make it almost useless. PCI (“bus mastering”) DMA is handled by a controller on the device, and can typically address 4 GB of RAM and handle many segments of memory simultaneously. DMA is usually not the only means to data transfer, and may or may not be the optimal transfer mechanism for a particular situation.
Most devices have a limited amount of on-board space to store samples before they are transferred to the Comedi buffer. This allows the CPU or DMA controller to do other things, and then efficiently process a large number of samples simultaneously. It also increases the maximum interrupt latency that the system can handle without interruptions in data.
Comedi commands are the mechanism that applications configure subdevices for streaming input and output.
See Comedi command .
Comedi instructions are the mechanism used by applications to do immediate input from channels, output to channels, and configuration of subdevices and channels.
Instruction lists allow the application to perform multiple Comedi instructions in the same system call.
See Also option list .
Option lists are used with the comedi_config utility to perform driver configuration.
This is an error message that indicates that there was device-level problem, typically with trigger pulses occurring faster than the board can handle.
The term poll (and polling) is used for several different related
concepts in Comedi. Comedi implements the
poll system call for Comedi devices, which is
select, and returns information
about file descriptors that can be read or written. Comedilib also
has a function called
comedi_poll, which causes
the driver to copy all available data from the device to the Comedi
buffer. In addition, some drivers may use a polling technique in
place of interrupts.